Coursework required for the

B.S. in Geological Engineering*

Basic Math & Science


  • Chemistry (two semesters + two labs)
  • Calculus (four semesters)
  • Physics (two semesters + two labs)
  • Computer Programming
  • Differential Equations

Geology and Geological Engineering Courses


  • Earth Dynamics
  • Earth History
  • Mineralogy + Elementary Petrology
  • Sedimentology & Stratigraphy
  • Geomorphology
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Engineering Geophysics
  • Hydrogeology
  • Subsurface Site Characterization
  • Rock Mechanics
  • Geological Engineering Design
  • Soil Mechanics
  • Field Geology (two summer courses)

Geological Engineering Electives


  • One Geological Engineering Tech elective
  • Two Engineering Science electives

Engineering Science


  • Statics
  • Engineering Analysis
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Soil Mechanics
  • Engineering Geology

Liberal Arts


  • Freshmen Composition (two semesters)
  • Humanities course
  • Social Sciences course
  • Fine Arts course
  • Two more Social Sciences/Humanities/Fine Arts courses
  • Engineering Economics

Coursework required for the

B.S. in Geology

Basic Math & Science


  • Chemistry (two semesters + two labs)
  • Calculus (two semesters)
  • Physics (two semesters + two labs)
  • Computer Programming
  • Engineering Analysis

Geology


  • Earth Dynamics
  • Earth History
  • Environmental Geology
  • Mineralogy + Elementary Petrology
  • Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
  • Engineering Geology
  • Structural and Tectonic Geology
  • Geomorphology
  • Paleontology
  • Optical Mineralogy
  • Hydrogeology
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Subsurface Site Characterization
  • Field Geology (two summer courses)

Geology Electives


  • One elective from the following list:
  • Environmental Geochemistry
  • Engineering Geophysics
  • One elective from the following list:
  • Any Geology/Geological Engineering/Engineering class at the 300 level or above
  • Two other elective from additional classes

Liberal Arts


  • Freshmen Composition (two semesters)
  • Social Sciences (two semesters)
  • Humanities (two semesters)
  • Applied Writing
  • Fine Arts Course
  • Speech Course
  • Engineering Economics

Scholarships

In addition to the many scholarships provided by the University of Mississippi, other opportunities include:

  • Numerous scholarships and fellowships available from the School of Engineering
  • The Academic Common Market, an out-of-state tuition waiver available for B.S. in Geological Engineering students through the Southern Regional Education Board for residents of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia: olemiss.edu/info/acm
  • MESG/MTAG scholarships available for Mississippi residents
  • C.D. King Memorial Scholarship
  • B. Beckman Society of Women Engineers Scholarship
  • J.G. Douglas Scholarship
  • Department and Field Camp scholarships

Median Salaries*

The median annual wage for geoscientists was $89,780 in May 2016.

Median annual salaries for geoscientists in the top industries:

Oil and gas extraction $128,980
Engineering services $78,250
Management, scientific and technical consulting services $74,890
State government $71,820
Colleges, universities and professional schools; state, local and private $62,270

Employment of geoscientists is projected to grow 10 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.

*All statistics taken from: bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/geoscientists

Career Options

Engineering geologists apply geologic principles to civil and environmental engineering. They investigate geological factors that affect engineering structures such as buildings, bridges, airports and dams. They offer advice on major construction projects and help with other projects, such as environmental cleanup and reducing natural hazards.

Environmental geologists work to solve problems with waste disposal, pollution, urban development and hazards such as flooding and erosion.

Environmental hydrologists identify the extent of groundwater contamination problems and design a system to remove the contamination.

Geotechnical engineers work for consulting companies specializing in environmental remediation.

Petroleum geologists are involved in the exploration and production of oil and natural gas.

Mapping and resource assessment geologists work for state or federal government agencies.

Consulting engineers or geologists assess hazard potential due to an earthquake, flood, landslide or unfavorable site geology.

Hydrologists identify a suitable source for community water needs.

Marine geologists/oceanographers investigate the oceans and continental shelves.

Government inspectors work on construction projects in difficult geological terrains.

Research scientists work for a universitybased research institution.

Bankers specialize in resource evaluation as loan collateral.

Attorneys specialize in natural resource or environmental law.

Secondary school teachers or university professors teach in any of a dozen geological subdisciplines.

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