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What is Geological Engineering? - Geological Engineering is an interdisciplinary profession focused on solving engineering problems that require an understanding of the natural environment. It’s distinguishing feature is that it builds on a foundation of engineering and risk management, and integrates knowledge of geology and the environment to provide a versatile set of skills required for the design of large infrastructure projects such as tunnels and dams, as well as for natural resource development and environmental protection.
What Makes a Good Geological Engineer? - UBC Geological Engineering is internationally recognized as one of the top programs of its kind. Our students are creative problem solvers who are interested in the environment, sustainability, and minimizing human impacts. They enjoy the challenge of solving practical problems for which the variability of the natural environment means no two projects are alike and problems cannot be solved from the office alone. Geological Engineers enjoy working on multi-disciplinary teams and on an incredible variety of projects. They are equally comfortable working in the field and in the office. To prepare for this, our curriculum includes a mix of classroom and field-based learning experiences.
Making a Difference in Geological Engineering - Geological Engineers specialize in understanding how geology and natural processes can impact engineering projects, and how to manage the associated risks to produce designs that are responsive to societal needs - safe, economic, environmentally responsible, and sustainable. The UBC Geological Engineering Program is designed to equip students with a broad set of skills, maintaining balance between scientific understanding, quantitative engineering approaches, and effective communication skills. Our students are afforded numerous opportunities to interact with and be mentored by industry professionals.
Is Geological Engineer a Good Fit For You? - Check out what our students and recent graduates have to say about what attracted them to Geological Engineering, and the things they love about their careers. Check out these Student Experiences.
What Does a Career Look Like in Geological Engineering? - The versatility of a Geological Engineering degree results in our graduates being highly sought after and having a wide selection of career opportunities to choose from in the mining, energy, geotechnical and environmental sectors. Senior Geological Engineers become international experts, with many serving as CEO's or owning consulting companies. Check out Careers Options in Geological Engineering.
Specializations in Geological Engineering
Students specialize through courses on geology, mineral deposits and geophysics related to mineral exploration, resource modelling, and mitigation of environmental impacts.
|Geotechnical||Students specialize through courses on geomechanics, site investigation, terrain analysis and numerical design related to foundations, dams, tunnels, mines, and natural hazards.|
|Students specialize through courses on hydrogeology, contamination and remediation related to groundwater resources, waste containment and environmental protection.|
|Natural Resources||Students specialize through courses on geology, mineral deposits and geophysics related to mineral exploration, resource modelling, and mitigation of environmental impacts.|