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Geological engineering

This program is delivered jointly by the Department of Civil Engineering and the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of New Brunswick and offers three options:

  • Geoenvironmental
  • Geotechnical
  • Mineral Resources

Working for the planet

Geological engineers play key roles in the exploration, protection, and responsible development of Earth’s water, mineral and energy resources. They also ensure that structures such as bridges, dams and buildings are designed for long-term stability and safety, taking geologic conditions and hazards into account. Geological engineers are needed in these areas:

  • geotechnical investigation and design in rock and soil (for mines, tunnels, dams, bridges, buildings, highways, slope stabilization projects, landfills, waterways and ports)
  • water supply development, protection, and treatment
  • environmental audits, impact assessments, and the remediation of contaminated lands
  • exploration for mineral and energy resources hidden below Earth's surface, and the efficient, responsible development of those resources

UNB's geological program addresses these needs through a broad curriculum of science, engineering, mathematics, economics, humanities, communications, and design, in addition to hands-on lab courses and field schools that take advantage of New Brunswick's geological diversity.