G L E 1 — COOPERATIVE EDUCATION PROGRAM

1 credit.

Work experience which combines classroom theory with practical knowledge of operations to provide students with a background upon which to base a professional career in industry.

G L E 171 — INTRODUCTION TO GEOLOGICAL ENGINEERING

1 credit.

Comprehensive introduction to engineering applications of earth sciences. Exploitation and management of geologic resources; mitigation of geologic hazards such as landslides and earthquakes; abatement of environmental problems such as land and water pollution; design of surface and underground excavations; principal methods of geological engineering.

G L E/​CIV ENGR  291 — PROBLEM SOLVING USING COMPUTER TOOLS

3 credits.

Introduction to engineering computations with emphasis on computer tools and computer based measurement, data collection, and processing. Tools will include computer aided drafting, spreadsheets, other engineering computation tools, and hardware and software for laboratory and spatial measurements.

G L E/​CIV ENGR  330 — SOIL MECHANICS

4 credits.

Basic principles of soil mechanics and fundamentals of application in engineering practice; soil composition and texture; classification; permeability and seepage; consolidation; settlement; shear strength; lateral earth pressures; fundamentals of retaining structures, shallow and deep foundations, slope stability; sub-surface exploration; lab.

G L E/​GEOSCI  350 — INTRODUCTION TO GEOPHYSICS: THE DYNAMIC EARTH

3 credits.

Methods of geophysics applied to earth structure and plate tectonics. Principles of seismology, gravity, geodesy, magnetism and heat flow.

G L E/​GEOSCI  360 — PRINCIPLES OF MINERALOGY

3 credits.

Minerals, their physical and chemical properties, crystallography, and geologic significance.

G L E/​GEOSCI  370 — ELEMENTARY PETROLOGY

3 credits.

Igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks, studied in hand sample and thin section.

G L E/​ENVIR ST/​F&W ECOL/​GEOG/​GEOSCI/​LAND ARC  371 — INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL REMOTE SENSING

3 credits.

Introduction to the Earth as viewed from above, focusing on use of aerial photography and satellite imagery to study the environment. Includes physical processes of electromagnetic radiation, data types and sensing capabilities, methods for interpretation, analysis and mapping, and applications.

G L E/​ENVIR ST/​F&W ECOL/​GEOG/​GEOSCI/​LAND ARC  372 — INTERMEDIATE ENVIRONMENTAL REMOTE SENSING

3 credits.

Examines intermediate-level concepts in information extraction, data processing and radiative transfer relevant to remote sensing of the environment. Includes transforms, image correction, classification algorithms and change detection, with emphasis on applications for land use planning and natural resource management.

G L E 401 — SPECIAL TOPICS IN GEOLOGICAL ENGINEERING

1-3 credits.

Course will focus on a variety of topics in the field of geological engineering.

G L E/​GEOSCI  431 — SEDIMENTARY & STRATIGRAPHY LAB

1 credit.

Field- and specimen-based laboratory course in Sedimentology Stratigraphy; emphasizes qualitative and quantitative description and interpretation of sediments and sedimentary deposits.

G L E/​CIV ENGR/​ENVIR ST/​GEOSCI  444 — PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS OF GPS SURVEYING

2 credits.

Global positioning system surveying for field applications. Signals. Coordinate systems. Datums. Cartographic projections. Satellite orbits. Choosing hardware. Strategies for data collection and analysis. Assessing uncertainty. Geocoding satellite images. Integrating data with Geographic Information Systems. Emerging technologies.

G L E/​GEOSCI  455 — STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY

4 credits.

Principles of rock deformation, structures in layered rocks, structural analysis, intrusive structures. Lab: three-dimensional problems involving structural concepts; field trip. GEOSCI/​G L E  360 and 370 recommended or concurrent registration

G L E/​GEOSCI/​M S & E  474 — ROCK MECHANICS

3 credits.

Classification of rock masses, stress and strain in rock, elastic and time-dependent behavior of rock, state of stress in rock masses, failure mechanisms, lab testing, geological and engineering applications.

G L E/​GEOSCI/​M S & E  475 — ROCK MECHANICS APPLICATIONS TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS

3 credits.

Classification of rock for specific engineering purposes, in situ testing, applications to surface mining and slope stability, applications to underground mining and excavations, applications to waste disposal and underground storage, applications to novel methods of in situ mining, applications to earthquakes.

G L E 476 — FIELD METHODS IN GEOLOGICAL ENGINEERING

3 credits.

Methods of site investigations for the rational design of structures in rocks and soil. Field reconnaissance, exploratory drilling, in situ testing, during and post-excavation monitoring.

G L E 478 — INTRODUCTION TO GEOLOGICAL ENGINEERING DESIGN

1 credit.

Review of geological engineering design projects. Discussion of design processes, team approaches, and ethics in geological engineering practice. Preparation of a project proposal, data gathering and planning.

G L E 479 — GEOLOGICAL ENGINEERING DESIGN

3 credits.

A practical problem in an area of geological engineering (such as development of a geologic resource or design of a structure in soil and/or rock) is selected and then the principles and processes of design and analysis are applied to the solution of the problem.

G L E 489 — HONORS IN RESEARCH

1-3 credits.

Undergraduate honors research projects supervised by faculty members. Not available for graduate credit.

G L E/​CIV ENGR  530 — SEEPAGE AND SLOPES

3 credits.

Practical aspects of seepage effects and ground water flow. Stability of natural and man-made slopes under various loading conditions. Design and construction of earth dams and embankments. Flow net and its use; wells; filters; total and effective stress methods of slope analysis; selection of pertinent soil parameters.

G L E/​CIV ENGR  531 — RETAINING STRUCTURES

3 credits.

Rigid and flexible earth retaining structures. Analysis and design of retaining walls, anchored bulkheads, braced cuts, tie back cuts, mechanically stabilized earth, and slurry trench walls. Lateral earth pressure due to soil, water, surcharge loads, etc., local and overall stability and the design of anchorage and bracing systems.

G L E/​CIV ENGR  532 — FOUNDATIONS

3 credits.

Shallow and deep foundations. Analysis and design of footings, mats, piers and piles, and related fill and excavation operations. Consolidation settlement, time rate of settlement, stress distribution, elastic (immediate) settlement, load bearing capacity; methods to reduce settlements and increase shear strength; the selection of a foundation system.

G L E/​GEOSCI  594 — INTRODUCTION TO APPLIED GEOPHYSICS

3 credits.

Survey of applied geophysics, including seismic refraction, seismic reflection, electrical resistivity, gravity, and magnetics methods. The course will cover the basic physics of each method and modeling techniques and field procedures.

G L E/​GEOSCI  595 — FIELD METHODS IN APPLIED AND ENGINEERING GEOPHYSICS

1 credit.

The application of geophysical field methods for delineating near-surface features and/or structures as applied to engineering, environmental and exploration problems.

G L E 597 — BOREHOLE GEOPHYSICS

3 credits.

Examines the use of borehole geophysical techniques to characterize geological materials, structures, and formation fluids in the region surrounding a well bore. Applications include formation evaluation for oil exploration, hydrologic, environmental, and mineral deposit characterization, and geoengineering analysis.

G L E/​GEOSCI  627 — HYDROGEOLOGY

3-4 credits.

Mathematical treatment of the physical principles governing the flow of groundwater; emphasis on well hydraulics and flow system analysis; problem sets and class projects.

G L E/​GEOSCI  629 — CONTAMINANT HYDROGEOLOGY

3 credits.

Physical and chemical processes governing the transport of solutes in groundwater; application of hydrogeologic and geochemical theory and practice to the protection of aquifers from contamination; problem sets and group projects.

G L E/​CIV ENGR  633 — WASTE GEOTECHNICS

3 credits.

The geotechnical aspects of waste disposal and storage. Critical aspects of geotechnical design, construction, and testing relevant to the performance of earthen structures used for the storage and disposal of wastes or the remediation of contaminated sites are discussed.

G L E/​CIV ENGR  635 — REMEDIATION GEOTECHNICS

3 credits.

Geotechnical practice for remediation of sites containing contaminated soil and groundwater is discussed. Topics include non-invasive and invasive subsurface exploration techniques, methods to monitor for the presence of contaminants in the saturated and unsaturated zones, and geotechnically-oriented remedial action technologies.

G L E 699 — INDEPENDENT STUDY

1-3 credits.

G L E/​M S & E  705 — ADVANCED ROCK MECHANICS

3 credits.

Elastic, viscoelastic and plastic behavior of rock, crack phenomena and mechanisms of rock fracture, finite element solutions, dynamic rock mechanics, engineering and geological applications.

G L E/​GEOSCI  724 — GROUNDWATER FLOW MODELING

3 credits.

An introduction to the principles of modeling groundwater flow systems, with emphasis on regional flow system analysis. Conceptual understanding of governing equations, and the use of finite difference techniques to solve such equations are stressed. Students develop their own codes and are introduced to packaged models, including those developed by the U. S. Geological Survey.

G L E/​CIV ENGR  730 — ENGINEERING PROPERTIES OF SOILS

3 credits.

Determination and interpretation of soil properties for engineering purposes; physio-chemical properties of soil-water systems, permeability and capillarity, compression characteristics of soils, measurement of soil properties in the triaxial test, properties of frozen soils and permafrost.

G L E/​CIV ENGR  731 — PROPERTIES OF GEOSYNTHETICS

3 credits.

Properties and behavior of geosynthetics (plastics sheets and geotextiles used in geotechnical and geo-environmental construction) are discussed and measured in a laboratory setting. Students learn how to measure and quantify geomechanical and hydraulic behavior of geosynthetics which are used in design.

G L E/​CIV ENGR  732 — UNSATURATED SOIL GEOENGINEERING

3 credits.

Engineering principles of unsaturated soils as they apply to geotechnical and geoenvironmental systems. Effect of soil water suction and stress on hydraulic conductivity, shear strength, and compressibility of soils in the context of geoengineering problems of flow and stability.

G L E/​CIV ENGR  733 — PHYSICOCHEMICAL BASIS OF SOIL BEHAVIOR

3 credits.

Applications of physiochemical, mineralogical and environmental considerations to the engineering behavior of soils. Soil composition, formation, fabric, pore fluid chemistry and interaction of phases. The particulate nature of soils and the fabric-engineering property (volume change, strength, deformation and conduction) relationships.

G L E/​CIV ENGR  735 — SOIL DYNAMICS

3 credits.

Geotechnical considerations of earthquake engineering and foundation vibrations. Seismic surveying; ground motion during earthquakes; determination of soil properties for ground response analysis; dynamic properties of soils; soil structure interaction effects; soil liquifaction; dynamic analysis of earth dams; settlements resulting from earthquakes, lateral earth pressures during earthquakes; foundation vibrations.

G L E 790 — MASTER'S RESEARCH OR THESIS

1-9 credits.

G L E 801 — SPECIAL TOPICS IN GEOLOGICAL ENGINEERING

1-3 credits.

G L E 890 — PRE-DISSERTATOR'S RESEARCH

1-9 credits.

G L E 900 — SEMINAR

1 credit.

G L E 990 — RESEARCH AND THESIS

1-9 credits.

G L E 999 — INDEPENDENT WORK

1-3 credits.