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Geotechnical Engineering Certificate

This certificate program provides practicing professionals an opportunity to expand their knowledge base in geotechnical engineering. It is designed for people who cannot make the full time commitment to the graduate degree program but would like to receive recognition of their continued effort in the area of study or would like to cumulate credit hours toward their ultimate graduate degree goal.

Admission Criteria

This certificate is designed primarily for students with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering or a closely related field.

Program of Study

Civil Engineering students may earn a Geotechnical Engineering Certificate by completing a total of 15 credit hours.

At least three of the following courses must be taken

  • 4300:612 Advanced Soil Mechanics (3 credits)
  • 4300:614 Foundation Engineering I (3 credits)
  • 4300:615 Foundation Engineering II (3 credits)
  • 4300:617 Numerical Methods in Geotechnical Engineering (3 credits)
  • 4300:717 Soil Dynamics (3 credits)

Four of the following workshop courses may be taken and substituted for two  of the courses above

  • Load and Resistance Factor Design of Foundations and Geotechnical Features (1.5 credits)
  • Ground Improvement Methods (1.5 credits)
  • Mechanically Stabilized Earth Walls and Reinforced Soil (1.5 credits)
  • Slopes  (1.5 credits)
  • Deep Foundations (1.5 credits)

Students interested in these workshop courses should contact the Department of Civil Engineering