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Geological Engineering, B.Sc.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
, SD,
The Geological Engineering program offered by South Dakota School of Mines & Technology prides itself in providing a hands-on field based education. Students spend a large amount of instruction time in the field through lab and design courses, as well as a GEOE specific, six-credit field course taken between the junior and senior year.

About

The Geological Engineering program offered by South Dakota School of Mines & Technology bridges the gap between the science of geology and multiple engineering disciplines including mining, civil, petroleum and environmental engineering. As such, the curriculum that students complete as part of the degree is very diverse, with courses covering topics in geology, the engineering disciplines stated above, and engineering topics unique to geological engineering.

Geological Engineering Program Educational Objectives

The program educational objectives describe what graduates of the geological engineering program are expected to attain within a few years after graduation. These objectives are based on the needs of the programs constituencies. Complete information on program objectives and outcomes is given at Geological Engineering Outcomes and Assessment. 

Graduates of the geological engineering program will perform competently in professional practice in the areas of:

  • groundwater
  • environmental site planning and natural hazards
  • geomechanics and geotechnics
  • fuels or minerals

Graduates will demonstrate the ability to design and implement appropriate solutions to geological engineering problems, within economic constraints, while exercising ethical responsibilities and continued professional development and/or licensure.

In support of these objectives, the program in geological engineering provides students with:

  • an understanding of the fundamental principles of geological engineering, basic engineering, engineering economics, and geology,
  • academic training and design experiences to prepare them for engineering practice and career advancement in the geological engineering profession during their first several years of work, and
  • an education that prepares them to pursue advanced studies if they so desire.

Professional Development

Students in geological engineering are encouraged to participate in the Tech Geological Association as well as to become student members of the Association of Engineering Geologists (AEG), National Ground Water Association, the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME), and/or the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). Students are strongly encouraged to take the Fundamentals of Engineering examination, as the first step in becoming a registered professional engineer.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: No deadline for admission. However, all international applicants should submit their documents at least three months prior to the start of the semester.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    130 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • General Chemistry 
  • Calculus 
  • Composition 
  • University Physics I/Recitation 
  • Geology for Engineers/Lab
  • Introduction to CADD/Lab

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    68

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    520

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  • Minimum required score:

    5.5

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.75

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.75 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).

  • Completed online application and the State of South Dakota application fee of $20.00. 
  • Academic credentials (translated into English). 
  • SAT or ACT scores - Math sub-scores should be a minimum of 590 on the SAT or 25 on the ACT.
  • Evaluation of academic credentials
  • Financial information documenting ability to pay. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15080 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15080 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    10770 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10770 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Rapid City

  • 860 - 1300 USD/month
    Living Costs

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