Degree in Geological Engineering


Program Description

  • Official title: Graduate in Geological Engineering
  • Branch of knowledge: Engineering and Architecture
  • Center: Faculty of Sciences
  • Type of teaching: On-site
  • Spanish Language
  • Duration: 4 academic courses
  • ECTS credits: 240
  • Places of new entry 2019-20: 45


The Degree in Geological Engineering begins to be taught at the USAL in the 2010-11 academic year, once the verification process has been completed, and replaces the studies of Geological Engineer.

From the 2017-2018 academic year two different study plans coexist in the Degree in Geological Engineering:

  • The 2010 Plan that began to be implemented in 2010-11. Only students who have already begun their studies in this Degree in previous academic years can enroll in it. In 2016, this Degree renewed its accreditation.
  • The 2017 Plan begins to be implemented in 2017-2018. Students who start their studies in this Degree in the academic year 2017-2018 or later can enroll in it. The complete implementation of this new curriculum will be progressive, course by academic year (in 2017-18 it is implemented first, in 2018-19 it is implemented second and so on) and, in the same way, courses of the plan will be progressively taught. 2010. For more information, see the implementation schedule and equivalence tables in the "Adaptation of previous lessons" section of this website.

These studies provide an approximation to the understanding and solution of the problems of engineering and the environment produced in the interaction of man with the geological environment. Geological Engineering is directly involved in safety and, therefore, in the welfare of the population, through the study of the feasibility of engineering works.


The Degree in Geological Engineering consists of 240 ECTS distributed as follows: 60 ECTS of Basic Training, 156 ECTS of Compulsory, 12 ECTS of Electives and 12 ECTS of the Final Project. It includes field practices in various subjects.



The general objective of the Degree in Geological Engineering is the adequate and complete training to be able to act before the problems related by the interaction of human activities with the geological environment. According to the COIG, "the profile of a Geological Engineer is that of a specialist in the field, whose work is integrated into the project, the direction and the execution of the public work in what refers to its geological-geotechnical aspects ( recognition of the ground, underground works and excavations, foundations, road works), and also the research, evaluation, management and protection of natural resources, the storage of waste, as well as the evaluation and forecasting of geological risks ".

Admission profile

The Degree in Geological Engineering is designed to welcome students with analysis and synthesis skills to understand the Earth System, and to understand and solve problems related to engineering. It is recommended to have completed the technological baccalaureate, and have knowledge of Mathematics, Physics and Technical Drawing, as well as knowledge of Geology and familiarization at the user level with text treatment programs and spreadsheets, and a base of English that allows understanding of scientific texts.

Recommended subjects

  • DC. of the Earth and environment
  • Technical Drawing II
  • Physical
  • Mathematics II

Access, Pre-registration, Admission and Registration

In order to enroll in this Degree, special conditions or tests different from the general ones established by the basic state regulations are not provided.

Students with partial official university studies who wish to be admitted to this degree should consult the requirements in the section "Transfer of file" of the Academic Guide of the degree in this same web.

Academic and Professional Exits

Academic Outputs

Once you finish the Degree in Geological Engineering, we suggest you study one of the following University Master's degrees at the USAL , if you opt for a greater specialization:

  • Earth Sciences: Environmental and Applied Geology
  • Environmental Sciences (Specialty 1: Technology and Environmental Management, Specialty 2: Environment and Society)
  • Advanced Analysis of Multivariate Data and Big Data
  • Nuclear physics
  • Physics and Technology of Lasers
  • Intelligent Systems
  • ESO and Baccalaureate Teacher, Vocational Training and Language Teaching

Professional outings

Geological Engineers are mainly employed in various areas of the labor market related to their training:

  • Geotechnical Engineering: projects, correction and stabilization of slopes and slopes, design of foundation structures, containment of land, tunnels and other underground works, and dams of loose materials
  • Land Survey: geotechnical cartography, geotechnical reports, geophysical prospecting, etc.
  • Prospecting, valuation and exploitation of georecursos
  • Seismic Engineering: analysis and management of seismic risk
  • Territorial Planning: study of geological risks and their mitigation
  • Environmental Engineering: evaluation and correction of the impact of human activity on the environment, management and recovery of quarries and landfills
  • Hydraulic and Hydrogeological Engineering: use of water resources
  • Location, storage and waste management
  • Drafting of reports, reports and budgets, research, teaching, topographic, cartographic, remote sensing, etc.
Last updated Mar 2020

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