Talented students with bachelor's degrees in fields other than engineering, such as geology, may apply for admission to geotechnical engineering. However, such students will be required to satisfy the following course requirements in addition to the requirements for the graduate degree (credit is given for any course that has been successfully completed at another institution):

  • Physics - 8 hours, must include laboratory work
  • Chemistry - 3 hours (CH 302 or equivalent)
  • Mathematics - 8 hours of calculus plus M427K or equivalent
  • Digital computation - 3 hours (CE 311K or equivalent)
  • Engineering mechanics - statics, dynamics, and elementary strength of materials (equivalent to at least EM 314 and 319)
  • Engineering science - 3 hours, typically thermodynamics or electrical circuits
  • Fluid mechanics - 3 hours (CE 354)
  • Civil engineering - 12 hours, including courses in at least two areas

The course numbers listed above refer to undergraduate classes at The University of Texas. For a description of these courses, see the undergraduate course catalog.

Students in non-engineering degree programs should complete most of these requirements, including courses in fluid mechanics and soil mechanics, at their current institution prior to seeking admission to the graduate degree program in geotechnical engineering. Depending on the number of courses required, applicants without a degree in engineering may be asked to enroll as an undergraduates until they are ready to begin graduate-level course work.