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Geological Engineering, Hydrogeological Engineering Option M.S.

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Hydrogeological Engineering Option

Department Head:                                                                               Dr. Glenn Shaw
  (406) 496-4809
  MG 213E

Graduate students in the Hydrogeological Engineering option will study the occurrence, movement, and chemistry of groundwater with addtional engineering emphasis.  Typical thesis investigations are related to environmental or supply problems associated with mining or agricultural activities, and frequently involve researchparticiapation with the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology.

Admission requirements: B.S. in Geological Engineering or a related engineering field, or a science field with adequate engineering foundational courses that allows the student to take the FE exam and eventually PE exam.

Admission Requirements:

B.S. in Geological Engineering, Geology, Geophysics, Chemistry, or Physics



Thesis, Publishable Paper, or Non-Thesis

Seminar Requirements:

(2 credits)


Coursework Requirements:

(20 credits for thesis or publishable paper)

(31 credits for non-thesis)




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



(11 credits)

GeoE 422- Groundwater Flow Modeling  

GeoE 429- Field Hydrogeology  

GeoE 429- Field Hydrogeology  

And one of the following:

      GeoE 520- Advance Hydrogeology  


       GeoE 520- Advance Hydrogeology  

Thesis  (8 credits)


Non Thesis project (3 credits)

 GeoE 599W Thesis Research 

Students who select non-thesis option are required to take GeoE 590W Graduate Research or Design Project (3 cr) as part of the coursework


The final examination for thesis and publishable paper-option students will consist of an oral presentation and defense of the thesis or publishable paper. 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.

Any student who is not already certified as an Engineer-In-Training will be required to take the national Fundamentals of Engineering examination.

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