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University of Pittsburgh    
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Jun 16, 2024
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Geotechnical Engineering

Civil Engineering undergraduate students involved in the Geotechnical Engineering Concentration gain a solid civil engineering foundation through a wide array of courses, and then focus on elective courses to individualize the program and best suit their career goals.

The Geotechnical Engineering Concentration focuses on the ways natural materials are characterized and used for civil engineering construction. Historically, the geotechnical engineering program focused on structural foundations, slope stability, and earth dams. Today, the program’s scope of activities includes natural and man-made hazard mitigation, advanced techniques for site and material characterization, constitutive modeling of natural materials, design of pavement systems, and geo-environmental assessment and remediation.

The faculty offers a broad and varied background, rich in long term practical experience and strong in theoretical mechanics and experimental modeling of geomaterials. Faculty members in the group provide the diversity that enables a comprehensive course curriculum and a wide range of research opportunities to be offered to incoming undergraduate students.


Area of Concentration Program Course Design Project Electives
Geotechnical Engineering CEE 1800  or CEE 1802 CEE 1833  
  1. One design course in two of the five different areas (*)
  2. Two additional courses from (**): CEE 1340  , 1714  , 1715  , 1717  , 1718  , 1821 , 2801 , 2802 , 2814 ENGR 1631 , ENGR 1632 ENGR 1634 , ENGR 1635 , ENGR 1637 , ENGR 1638  or GEOL 1445  

(*) One course from two of the following areas

  1. Structural design elective (CEE 1335 )
  2. Water resources design elective (CEE 1401  or 1410  )
  3. Environmental design elective (CEE 1505  , 1513  or 1515  )
  4. Geotechnical design elective (CEE 1821 1714 , 1715 , 1717 , 1718  or 2814 )
  5. Transportation design elective: (CEE 1700   or CEE 1730 )

(**) If a course was used to fulfill any requirement (design elective, sustainability or engineering elective), it cannot be used as an Area of Concentration elective.

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