Civil Engineering with Concentration in Geotechnical/Geoenvironmental Engineering, MSCivE

This program includes study in the areas of soil mechanics/foundations and geoenvironmental engineering. It includes studies of soil and related earth materials for problems related to the protection of human health and the environment. Related areas include soil mechanics, fate/transport in subsurfaces, subsurface remediation, and others. The degree requirements include core courses from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, complemented by electives in civil and environmental engineering, as well as electives from other departments such as mechanical and industrial engineering.

Degree Requirements With Report With Thesis Course Work Only
Required core courses 8 SH 8 SH 8 SH
Elective courses 20 SH 16 SH 24 SH
Master of Science report/thesis 4 SH 8 SH
Minimum semester hours required 32 SH 32 SH 32 SH

Graduate Certificate Options

Students who are officially accepted into a graduate degree program in the College of Engineering may apply to pursue one of the following graduate engineering certificates in addition to the MS or PhD. Please visit the links below for additional information about each graduate engineering certificate program, related requirements, and how to apply.

Chemical Engineering

Computer Systems Engineering

Energy Systems

Engineering Management

Industrial Engineering

Telecommunication Systems Management

Gordon Institute of Engineering Leadership

Master's Degree in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Geotechnical/Geoenvironmental Engineering with Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership

Students may complete a master's degree in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Geotechnical/Geoenvironmental Engineering in addition to earning a Graduate Certificate 
in Engineering Leadership. Students must apply and be admitted to the Gordon Engineering Leadership Program in order to pursue this option. The program requires fulfillment of the16 semester-hour-curriculum required to earn the Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership, which includes an industry based challenge project with multiple mentors. The integrated 32 semester hour degree and certificate will require 16 hours of advisor-approved Geotechnical/Geoenvironmental Engineering technical courses.

Engineering Leadership

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Required Core Courses

CIVE 7301Advanced Soil Mechanics4
CIVE 7302Advanced Foundation Engineering4


Complete one of the following options:

Course Work Option

Complete 24 semester hours from the Elective Course List below.24

Report Option 

CIVE 8674Master’s Report4
Complete 20 semester hours from the Elective Course List below.20

Thesis Option 

CIVE 7990Thesis8
Complete 16 semester hours from the Elective Course List below.16

Certificate Option

Students completing this option receive a Graduate Certificate in addition to the master’s degree. Students should consult their faculty advisor regarding the certificate options.

Required Course Work
Complete 16 semester hours of graduate certificate course work.16
Complete 8 semester hours from the Elective Course List below.8

Elective Course List 

CIVE 5270Environmental Protection and Management4
CIVE 5271Solid and Hazardous Waste Management4
CIVE 5321Geoenvironmental Engineering4
CIVE 5536Hydrologic Engineering4
CIVE 7230Legal Aspects of Civil Engineering4
CIVE 7240Construction Equipment and Modeling4
CIVE 7250Environmental Chemistry4
CIVE 7251Environmental Biological Processes4
CIVE 7260Hydrologic Modeling4
CIVE 7263Groundwater Quality Modeling4
CIVE 7311Soil and Foundation Dynamics4
CIVE 7312Earthquake Engineering4
CIVE 7330Advanced Structural Analysis4
CIVE 7331Structural Dynamics4
IE 6200Engineering Probability and Statistics4
IE 7290Reliability Analysis and Risk Assessment4
ME 5657Finite Element Method4
ME 7205Advanced Mathematical Methods for Mechanical Engineers4

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

32 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required