The School of Mines is located on the edge of the beautiful Black Hills, where magnificent exposures of rock and structures are major assets of the geological engineering curriculum. The Badlands and the Black Hills are natural laboratories for hands-on studies of geologic processes and are used extensively for field trips.
The main focus in geological engineering is the development and conservation of natural resources in ways useful to mankind. The demand for geological engineers is great and is predicted to remain strong as our nation’s ground-water usage and energy consumption continue to grow.
Companies hiring recent graduates: Pathfinder Energy Services, U.S. Geological Survey, Barr Engineering Company, and Phelps Dodge.
Average starting salary: $57,643
Department: Geology and Geological Engineering