For a complete list of courses, you can check the
G&GE Course Catalog.

Geological Engineering Undergraduate Degree Program

The following is the Bachelor of Science in Geological Engineering degree requirements by topic for students entering the program AFTER August 1, 2003. For students who have entered prior to August 1, 2003, see your academic advisor for curriculum transition requirements.

Geological Engineering Program Educational Objectives

The Geology & Geological Engineering Department at the University of Mississippi is dedicated to graduating geological engineers who:

  1. Practice geological engineering related to geotechnical, environmental, spatial information science and technology, or earth resources.

  2. Pursue additional education, research, or other professional development advancing their knowledge and mastery of subjects related to the discipline.

  3. Conduct themselves in a responsible, professional and ethical manner.

  4. Participate as leaders in activities that support service, stewardship, and economic development of the state, region, and nation.

Program Accreditation

The B.S. Geological Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Use the graduation application when scheduling classes. (Please see advisor for graduation application if enrolled before Sept. 2010)

TOTAL HOURS REQUIRED: 135
FIRST YEAR: 29 Semester Hours
Fall Spring
Course Credits Course Credits
Geol 103 Earth Dynamics 4 Geol 106 Historical Geology 2
Chem 105 General Chemistry I 3 Chem 106 General Chemistry II 3
Chem 115 General Chemistry I Lab 1 Chem 116 General Chemistry II Lab 1
Math 261 Calculus I 3 Math 262 Calculus II 3
Writ 101 First-Year Writing I 3 Writ 102 First-Year Writing II 3
Elective 3
Total: 14 Total: 15
SECOND YEAR: 36 Semester Hours
Fall Spring
Course Credits Course Credits
Geol 225 Mineralogy & Petrology 5 Geol 314 Sedimentology & Strat. 4
Engr 309 Statics 3 Engr 340 Engineering Geology 3
Engr 207 Graphics I 1 Engr 312 Mechanics of Materials 3
Phys 211 Physics for Sci. & Eng. I 3 Phys 212 Physics for Sci. & Eng. II 3
Phys 221 Physics for Sci. & Eng. I Lab 1 Phys 222 Physics for Sci. & Eng. II Lab 1
Math 263 Calculus III 3 Math 264 Calculus IV 3
Total: 16 Total: 17
Summer
GE 301 Geological Engineering Design Field Camp I 3
THIRD YEAR: 37 Semester Hours
Fall Spring
Course Credits Course Credits
Geol 305 Geomorphology 3 Geol 303 Structural Geology 3
GE 470 Introduction to GIS 3 GE 405 Geophysics 3
Engr 310 Engineering Analysis 3 Engr 540 Rock Mechanics 4
Math 353 Differential Equations 3 Engr 323 Fluid Mechanics 3
CSCI 251 Programming for Engineering and Sciences 3 EST: Engr 321 Thermodynamics 3
Elective 3
Total: 18 Total: 16
Summer
GE 401 Geological Engineering Design Field Camp II 3
FOURTH YEAR: 33 Semester Hours
Fall Spring
Course Credits Course Credits
GE 420 Subsurface Site Characterization 4 GE 421 Geological Engineering Design 4
GE 450 Hydrogeology 4 CE 431 Soil Mechanics I 3
EST: CE 472 Water Resources 3 GE Tech Elective 3
Elective 3 Econ 310 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Total: 17 Total: 16
Electives can be: CE 471, CE 472, ENGR 321, ENGR 360, GE 503, GE 512, GE 415, GE 490, GE 510, GE 511
GE Technical Electives: GE 415, GE 460, GE 490, GE 503, GE 507, GE 510, GE 511, GE 513, CE or ENGR 313
EST (Engineering Science Technical) Elective – choose 2 among the following: ENGR 321, ENGR 360, CE 472

Geology Undergraduate Degree Program

The following is the Bachelor of Science in Geology degree requirements by topic for students entering the program AFTER August 1, 2003. For students who have entered prior to August 1, 2003, see your academic advisor for curriculum transition requirements.

Geology Program Educational Objectives

The goals of the Bachelor of Science in Geology program are an outgrowth of and consistent with The University of Mississippi’s Mission and Goals. It is our goal to educate students whose professional careers will serve the needs of the nation and the world in geology and related fields. Past graduates of the program have found professional positions in a range of industries including environmental, geospatial information science, natural hazard mitigation,earth resources extraction, hydrology, and graduate education. Future graduates are expected to serve the same range of industries. The objectives of the Bachelor of Science in Geology program are to prepare graduates:

  • Capable of conducting productive careers as professional geologists engaged in continuous professional growth along their chosen career path;

  • Knowledgeable of fundamental mathematics, chemistry, and physics, in preparation for advanced instruction and professional practice in geology;

  • With demonstrated knowledge of the engineering sciences, geological sciences, and geological engineering design fundamentals that are the core of the geological engineering profession;

  • Well versed in the liberal arts and capable of effective written and oral communication;

  • Familiar with modern technology and modern scientific practice, and prepared to engage in lifelong learning to remain vital in the profession.

TOTAL HOURS REQUIRED: 124
FIRST YEAR: 29 Semester Hours
Fall Spring
Course Credits Course Credits
Geol 103 Earth Dynamics 4 Geol 106 Historical Geology 2
Writ 101 First-Year Writing I 3 Writ 102 First-Year Writing II 3
Math 125 Basic Math for Sci. & Eng. 3 Math 261 Calculus I 3
Chem 105 General Chemistry I 3 Chem 106 General Chemistry II 3
Chem 115 General Chemistry I Lab 1 Chem 116 General Chemistry II Lab 1
SS/H/FA 3
Total: 14 Total: 15
SECOND YEAR: 35 Semester Hours
Fall Spring
Course Credits Course Credits
Geol 225 Mineralogy & Petrology 5 Geol 314 Sedimentology & Strat. 4
Phys 213 General Physics I 3 Phys 214 General Physics II 3
Phys 223 General Physics I Lab 1 Phys 224 General Physics II Lab 1
Math 262 Calculus II 3 Engr 340 Engineering Geology 3
SS/H/FA 3 Geol 105 Environmental (Resources) 3
Spch 102 or 105 Public Speaking 3
Total: 15 Total: 17
Summer
GE 301 Geological Engineering Design Field Camp I 3
THIRD YEAR: 34 Semester Hours
Fall Spring
Course Credits Course Credits
Geol 305 Geomorphology 3 Geol 303 Structural Geology 3
Writ 250 Advanced Composition 3 SS/H/FA 3
Geol 309 Paleontology 4 SS/H/FA 3
CSCI 111 or 251 Computer Science I 3 Econ 310 Engineering Economy 3
Engr 310 Engineering Analysis I 3 GEOL/GE Elective 3
Total: 16 Total: 15
Summer
GE 401 Geological Engineering Design Field Camp II 3
FOURTH YEAR: 31 Semester Hours
Fall Spring
Course Credits Course Credits
GE 450 Hydrogeology 4 GEOL/GE Elective 3
GE 470 Introduction to GIS 3 SS/H/FA 3
GE 420 Subsurface Site Character. 4 General elective 1 3
Geol 420 or 447 Optical or Sed. Pet. 3 General elective 2 3
Total: 14 Total: 12
Must have at least 6 hrs of Social/Behavioral Sciences courses (SS), 6 hrs of Humanities (H), 3 hrs of Fine Arts courses (FA), and 6 hrs (General Elective) in any other course from the university catalog.
GEOL/GE Electives are two courses from the following list: GE 405, GE 413, GE 415, GE 430, GE 490, GE 503, GE 510, GE 511, GE 513, GE 540, GEOL 518, GEOL 530, GEOL 550. It is mandatory to take either GE 405 or GE 503.

All seniors are required to take the ASBOG Fundamentals of Geology examination as administered by the Mississippi State Board of Registered Professional Geologists.