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Geological Engineering

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Department Head: Dr. Chris Gammons
  (406) 496-4763
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Administrative Associate: Donna Conrad
  (406) 496-4262
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Department FAX: (406) 496-4260

Geological engineers focus on designing solutions to problems related to the materials of the Earth’s crust, including minerals, sediments, rocks, water, and solid and fluid hydrocarbons (coal, oil, and natural gas). Their specialized engineering knowledge is required in the design and construction of civil works such as roads, dams, and foundations for buildings and bridges; the evaluation and utilization of groundwater resources and their interaction with surface waters; the search for, development, and extraction of rock, mineral and energy resources; and the protection and remediation of the environment. Geological Engineers are also routinely involved in the characterization and mitigation of geologic hazards, such as earthquakes, landslides, ground subsidence, and volcanic activity.

Geological Engineering, one of the three “founding” engineering programs of Montana Tech, offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Geological Engineering, a minor in Hydrogeology  , as well as a Master of Science degree in Geoscience with several areas of emphasis.

Mission Statement

Montana Tech through exemplary undergraduate and graduate education, workforce development, research and service builds on a strong heritage in engineering, science, and technology blending theory with practice in meeting the changing needs of society and the responsible development and use of natural resources.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Geological Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Geological Engineering Program Objectives

  1. Enable graduates to embark upon and successfully pursue professional careers in the field of Geological Engineering.
  2. Provide a firm foundation for graduate studies in geological engineering and related fields.

The program’s educational objectives are published in Montana Tech’s annual electronic catalog, and are available online to the public at

Consistency of the Program Education Objectives with the Mission of the Institution

When coupled to the geological engineering program’s mission statement, “Provide a quality education that blends theory with practice”, the consistency of the program’s educational objectives with the mission of Montana Tech becomes more obvious; particularly considering that the blending of theory with practice originated, historically, within the Montana School of Mines and its three heritage degree programs; mining engineering, metallurgical and materials engineering, and geological engineering.  Most of the program’s graduates of the past two decades were, and remain, employed in professional positions related to the responsible development and use of natural resources; including, minerals and metals, oil and natural gas, and ground and surface waters


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