BS in Geomechanics

A four-year program in geomechanics is offered jointly with the Department of Mechanical Engineering for students interested in the application of mechanics to problems associated with the atmosphere, rivers, lakes and oceans, and the earth.

Students successful in this program are well equipped for graduate work in a variety of fields, including:

  • Geophysics
  • Hydrology
  • Structural geology and rock mechanics
  • Engineering geology
  • Limnology
  • Coastal and marine geology


All of the following courses:

  • MATH 161: Calculus IA*
  • MATH 162: Calculus IIA*
  • MATH 164: Multidimensional Calculus
  • MATH 165: Linear Algebra with Differential Equations
  • PHYS 099: Intro Math Methods in Science and Engineering
  • PHYS 121: Mechanics
  • PHYS 122: Electricity and Magnetism
  • CHEM 131: Chemistry Concepts, Systems, Practice I
  • EESC 101: Introduction to Earth Sciences
  • EESC 201: Evolution of the Earth
  • EESC 204W: Earth Minerals
  • EESC 208: Structural Geology
  • ME 120: Mechanical Engineering Mechanics I
  • ME 123: Introduction to Thermodynamics
  • ME 160: Engineering Computation I
  • ME 225: Introduction to Fluid Dynamics
  • ME 226: Introduction to Solid Mechanics

*MATH 161 and MATH 162 can be replaced with MATH 141–143.

Plus one of the following:

  • ME 240: Fundamentals of Instrumentation and Measurement (recommended)
  • ME 241: Mechanics Laboratory (prerequisite ME 240)
  • EES 225: Seismic Signals and Noise

Plus four technical electives from any EESC or ME courses at the 200 level or higher

Plus one technical elective from any discipline, as agreed upon with the faculty advisor

Plus three free electives to allow a strong minor in an area of particular interest to the student, or to broaden the scope of the curriculum.

Plus two clusters, one in the Social Sciences and one in the Humanities, for a total of additional six courses. Please select these courses using the Cluster Search Engine.

More Information

Students interested in pursuing a Geomechanics major should email Dr. Tolulope Olugboji in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at, or Dr. John Lambropoulos in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at