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Geological Engineering, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #32 (ARWU) Madison, WI, United States
This bachelor degree in Geological Engineering is offered at University of Wisconsin Madison. Geological engineering integrates two disciplines—geology and engineering. Geologists study the earth—its origins, its composition, and its evolution.
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Engineers apply scientific principles to practical ends, such as the design and construction of facilities for practical use by society. At the University of Wisconsin Madison, the program degree in Geological Engineering is interdisciplinary, with faculty from the College of Engineering and the College of Letters & Science.

Geological engineers find the best way to use the earth's resources to solve technical problems while protecting the environment. They solve a variety of practical problems associated with rock and soils using principles of sustainable engineering. They design and construct structures, transportation facilities, dams, tunnels, and power plants. They mitigate naturally occurring phenomena such as floods, landslides, and earthquakes, and develop safe and environmentally sound sources of energy and minerals. 

Learning Outcomes

  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  • an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  • an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  • an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  • an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Fall Early Action: November 1

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

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Engineering Principles and Professional Issues
  • Physical Science, Engineering Science, and Geoscience
  • Required Geological Engineering Courses
  • Geological Engineering Design
  • Engineering Economic Analysis
  • Introductory Applied Statistics for Engineers

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    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.

  • 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.

General Requirements

  • Admissions Application
  • Application Fee
  • Course And Grade Information From Grades 9-12
  • Official Test Scores: Scores From Either The Act Or The Sat Are Required And Must Be Sent Directly From The Testing Agency 
  • Two Essays: Tell Us About Your Academic And Personal Achievements
  • One Required Letter Of Recommendation
  • Additional Materials: Even After Your Application Is Complete We May Request Additional Supporting Materials Such As Self-reported Grades, Academic Performance Statements, And Course Change Documentation

Tuition Fee

  • International

    38634 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 38634 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    38634 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 38634 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    10746 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10746 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Madison

  • 1015 - 1760 USD/month
    Living Costs

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