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Bachelor of Science in Geosystems Engineering and Hydrogeology
Geosystems engineers and hydrogeologists are concerned with the development and use of engineering approaches in the management of natural resources from the earth's surface and subsurface, environmental restoration of subsurface sites, and other processes related to the earth sciences. This degree program, offered jointly by the College of Engineering and the College of Natural Sciences, is designed to teach students the geological and engineering principles needed to solve subsurface resource development and environmental problems. The curriculum includes a fundamental sequence of engineering and geological sciences courses in such areas as multiphase fluid flow, physical and chemical hydrology, heat and mass transfer, field methods, and engineering design. This interdisciplinary systems approach, combining engineering, geology, and geophysics, is increasingly required to address complex real-world problems such as characterization and remediation of aquifers. The degree program is designed to prepare graduates for employment with environmental, water resource management, energy, and mining companies in addition to many government agencies. Better graduates of the program may pursue graduate study in subsurface environmental engineering, geology, and related fields.
Graduates of this program are expected to be able to apply knowledge of mathematics, geological sciences, and engineering; design and conduct experiments and engineering tests, as well as analyze and interpret geologic data; design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs; function on multidisciplinary teams; identify, formulate, and solve engineering and geological problems; understand professional and ethical responsibilities in the practice of engineering and hydrogeology; communicate effectively using oral, written, and graphical expressions, including technical reports; appreciate the impact of engineering and geological solutions in a global and societal context; recognize the need for and have the ability to engage in independent study and lifelong learning; understand contemporary issues and the ways they affect the practice of engineering and hydrogeology; use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering and geological tools, including computers, that are appropriate for good engineering and geologic practice.
Containing the following elements, the technical curriculum provides both breadth and depth in a range of topics.
Course requirements are divided into three categories: basic sequence courses, major sequence courses, and other required courses. Enrollment in major sequence courses is restricted to students who have received credit for all of the basic sequence courses and have been admitted to the major sequence by the College of Engineering Admissions Committee. (Requirements for admission to a major sequence are given in this chapter.) Enrollment in other required courses is not restricted by completion of the basic sequence.
Courses used to fulfill technical and nontechnical elective requirements must be approved by the petroleum and geosystems engineering faculty and the geological sciences faculty before the student enrolls in them. Courses that fulfill the social science and fine arts/humanities requirements are listed in this chapter.
Suggested Arrangement of Courses
First Year -- Fall Semester
First Year -- Spring Semester
Second Year -- Fall Semester
Second Year -- Spring Semester
Third Year -- Fall Semester
Third Year -- Spring Semester
Third Year -- Summer Session
Fourth Year -- Fall Semester
Fourth Year -- Spring Semester
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