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Geological Engineering, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #501 (ARWU) Reno, NV, United States
The B.S. in Geological Engineering at University of Nevada, Reno is designed to enhance students' professional abilities in engineering and the geological sciences. 
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The Geological Engineering program offered by University of Nevada, Reno applies physics, chemistry, meteorology, hydrology, biology, geology and engineering science to understanding the Earth, recognizing and coping with environmental hazards, exploiting natural resources while preserving the environment, and exploring Earth's context in the solar system.

Although often equated with geotechnical engineering, a discipline closely aligned with civil engineering, geological engineering is more correctly characterized as a program focused on geologic hazards mitigation and natural resources characterization. In one sense, geological engineering is a form of environmental engineering.

The primary goal of the degree is to produce a professional who is uniquely skilled in solving problems in multiple technical disciplines. 


Graduates in geological engineering work in governmental agencies on transportation projects, monitoring of natural resources, and environmental protection. They are also employed with aerospace, mining, geotechnical, environmental, ground water and construction companies.



Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses Include:

  • Introduction to Geological Engineering
  • Urban Geology
  • Earth Materials and Geochemistry
  • Mechanics of Solids
  • Geological Engineering Data Analysis
  • Structures, Tectonics, and Earth Physics 
  • Engineering Economy
  • Fundamentals of Geotechnical Engineering
  • Engineering Communication and Societal Integration
  • Earthquake Engineering
  • Introductory Field Geology
  • Introduction to Aerospace Remote Sensing
  • Geological Engineering Slope Stability
  • Groundwater Hydrology 
  • Dynamics
  • Engineering Thermodynamics
  • Transportation Engineering 
  • Rock Mechanics 
  • Introduction to Geomechanics
  • Waste Containment
  • Geological Engineering Design
  • Applied Geophysics 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

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    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

To be admitted to an undergraduate degree program as a regular freshman student, you must be a graduate from an approved or accredited high school (GED certificate may not be used for admission) and satisfy the below requirements:

  • Required high school courses: English, math, social sciences and natural sciences.
  • GPA in the academic core courses: English, math, social sciences and natural sciences.
  • Standardized test scores are required for admission to the University of Nevada, Reno. The University accepts the ACT and SAT scores.
  • If you are a student who does not meet our academic GPA requirements, but have graduated with an Advanced Diploma from a Nevada high school, you will be granted admission to the University.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    22922 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22922 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    22922 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22922 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    7268 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7268 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Reno

  • 860 - 1230 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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