Geotechnical Engineering Major

Overview

Taking the Geotechnical Engineering Major will give you much greater depth of knowledge in this field along with breadth of skills across all disciplines in Civil Engineering. As a student in the Geotechnical Engineering Major you will undertake advanced units of study in geotechnical hazards, computer modelling, and environmental geotechnics. Graduate geotechnical engineers may be involved in examining the soil and rock layers that make up the earth in order to determine their physical and chemical properties so that they can design foundations and earthworks structures for buildings, roads, and many other types of projects.

This major best aligns with the Civil stream.

Unit of study table

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Geotechnical Engineering Major

Unit of study table

Complete 24 credit points from the following:
Complete a minimum of 18 credit points of these units of study:
CIVL3411
Geotechnical Engineering
6    A CIVL2410
Semester 2
CIVL5351
Geoenvironmental Engineering
6      Semester 2
CIVL5453
Geotechnical Hazards
6    A (CIVL2410 AND CIVL3411) OR (CIVL9410 AND CIVL9411). Students are assumed to have a good knowledge of fundamental soil mechanics, which is covered in the courses of soil mechanics (settlement, water flow, soil strength) and foundation engineering (soil models, stability analyses; slope stability; retaining walls; foundation capacity).
Semester 2
CIVL5458
Numerical Methods in Civil Engineering
6      Semester 1
CIVL5999
Advanced Research and Analysis
6    A CIVL2201 AND CIVL2611 AND CIVL2410
Semester 1
A maximum of 6 credit points from any other CIVL 3000-level, 4000-level or 5000-level unit from the Civil Engineering Stream Core or Specialist table may be taken.