Geological Engineering Courses

Geological Engineering program description.

NOTE: See the beginning of Section H for abbreviations, course numbers and coding.

GE1026Geology Laboratory for Geological Engineers2 ch (3L)

An introductory study covering topographic and geological maps (bedrock and surficial) and their interpretation; construction of cross sections; identification of common minerals, igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks; geological structures (map analysis as a predictive tool); dating and the geological time scale; coastal processes; mass wasting (especially the recognition and amelioration of hazards related to debris flows, avalanche and landslides); and glaciations and glacial deposits (especially glacial deposits in eastern Canada and their significance to engineers).

GE2022Engineering Geology4 ch (3C 3L)

A study of geological materials and hazards for site investigation and assessment of risk and remediation; engineering classification of geological materials, properties and relationships; engineering in the existing and changing environment and exacerbation of natural processes; geological constraints for construction, foundations, tunnelling, waste disposal and mining, with case histories of geological problems in engineering projects.

Prerequisites: ESCI 1001, ESCI/GE 1026 or equivalent or permission of the instructor. Equivalent to ESCI 2022

GE4401Applied Glacial Geology4 ch (3C 3L)

Study of the mass balance of glaciers and characteristics of flow, erosion and deposition by active and stagnant ice masses, facies relationships in processes and products of glaciated terrain, and assessment of terrain from air photos, maps, geophysical and core data. Practical applications include: relevance of sample collection and analyses for geotechnical evaluation and mineral prospecting, and identification of industrial resources and terrain hazards.

Prerequisites: ESCI 2211, ESCI 2321 or permission of the instructor. Equivalent to ESCI 4401

GE4412Applied Rock Mechanics (O)4 ch (3C 2L)

Lectures and labs investigate applications of rock mechanics and rock engineering principles, using geological and geomechanical data in the open-ended design of surface and underground engineering structures sited in rocks, as well as geo-hazard mitigation. Analysis of design problems incorporates several industry standard software packages. The natural variability of geomaterials and implications for effective design solutions are discussed.

Prerequisite: ESCI 3411, or equivalent. Equivalent to ESCI 4412. 

GE4981Site Investigation3 ch (3C/S)

Students will develop an understanding of the general principles and methods for site investigation and monitoring for geotechnical, hydrogeological, and geoenvironmental projects. Topics include desk-top studies of existing information, planning and design of investigations, field safety, and data collection, presentation and interpretation. Seminars and field demonstrations by guest lecturers, most of whom are practicing engineers, introduce students to specialized field techniques and the development of conceptual site models.


Prerequisites: CE 2113, GE 2022, ESCI 4512.
GE4993Senior Team Design8 ch (1C 2T 4L) [W]

Working in teams, students will complete a full year Geological engineering design project that draws on knowledge and skills obtained in previous courses. With support from academic and industry mentors, student teams will design a structure, system, process or resource management or development plan to meet a broad range of specified constraints for an identified client. Students will manage their projects professionally, prepare comprehensive design documentation, and present and defend all aspects of their design to the client and broader audience.

Prerequisite: Restricted to students in their final year of the program, or with permission of the instructor.

GE5753Engineering Hydrogeology4 ch (3C 3L)

Covers important topics in quantitative hydrogeology, including: principles of saturated and unsaturated groundwater flow, solutions to groundwater flow problems, well hydraulics and pumping tests, and contaminant migration and attenuation processes in groundwater.

Prerequisites: CE 2113, CE 3713. Equivalent to CE 5753.

GE5943Research Project4 ch (1C 6L) [W]

Each student will work on an approved research project. The student will: present a proposal which will serve as the basis for the project carry out work on the project, with the guidance of an approved supervisor, submit written progress reports at specified times, write a final report at completion of the project, present the subject of the report orally, and attend similar presentations by colleagues.

Prerequisite: Restricted to students in the final year of the program, or with permission of the instructor.