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 enrolled in a master's degree have the opportunity to also pursue one of the many engineering graduate certificate options in addition to or in combination with the MS degree. Students should consult their faculty advisor regarding these options.

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 of Science 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 the 16-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.

Core Requirements

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

Elective Course List 

Solid and Hazardous Waste Management
Hydrologic Engineering
Legal Aspects of Civil Engineering
Construction Equipment and Modeling
Environmental Chemistry
Environmental Biological Processes
Hydrologic Modeling
Soil and Foundation Dynamics
Earthquake Engineering
Advanced Structural Analysis
Structural Dynamics
Engineering Probability and Statistics
Reliability Analysis and Risk Assessment
Finite Element Method
Advanced Mathematical Methods for Mechanical Engineers

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

32 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required