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Geoscience, Engineering Geology, M.S.

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 A Master of Science in Geoscience with an “Option in Engineering Geology” provides an opportunity for students with geology-related degrees to gain the appropriate background to pursue career paths aimed at the engineering, construction, and resource development industries. Required coursework emphasizes the engineering content covered in regional engineering geology certification exams and provides exposure to the references that are recommended reading for these exams. Students must successfully complete a smaller set of math and mechanics courses than is required for the Option in Geological Engineering.

Admission Requirements:

B.S. in Geology or related field.

Math through Calculus II.

Two semesters of college physics.

A course in statics.


Thesis, Publishable Paper, or Non-Thesis

Seminar Requirements:


Coursework Requirements:




*Students who have not previously taken courses in hydrogeology and/or structural geology will be required to take them at Montana Tech as part of their graduate program

T.C. 5150 - Graduate Writing Seminar  or equivalent; ENGR 5940  Engineering Seminar(1)

       GeoE 440 Engineering Geology (statics is a prerequisite)

GeoE 541 Advanced Engineering Geology

GeoE 542 Slope Stability Analysis & Design


*If needed:

       GeoE 403 Structural Geology for Engineers

       GeoE 420 Hydrogeology for Engineers



The final examination for thesis and publishable paper-option students will consist of an oral presentation and defense of the thesis. 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 select the non-thesis option are required to take GEOE 590W - Graduate Research or Design Project  or Design Project as part of their course work.

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