# Areas of Specialization - Geotechnical & Geophysical Engineering

The Geotechnical and Geophysical Engineering specialty area within Louisiana State University's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has been developed to train students in the discipline required to improve the infrastructure systems serving the State of Louisiana and the nation. This program is designed to produce graduates who are well educated in fundamental disciplines, have a sound knowledge of relevant basic engineering practices, can adapt to change, and have the vision and insight needed to implement creative and cost-effective solutions to growing demands. Graduate studies in Geotechnical and Geophysical Engineering provide the framework for a new generation of professionals who are well prepared to plan, design, build, and maintain our vital infrastructure systems far into the 21st century.

Graduate students enrolled in the program come from around the country and abroad, and also from the large population of practicing engineers in the public and private sectors of Baton Rouge and the surrounding areas. These students bring with them a variety of training and work-related backgrounds, a diversity that enriches the educational environment. In addition, the seminar series coordinated by the faculty will regularly bring visiting researchers and professionals to LSU, exposing students to a variety of intellectual perspectives.

### Fields of Study and Research

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees
with specialization in Geotechnical and Geophysical Engineering. The Departmentâ€™s
offerings are enhanced by access to the facilities and resources of the Louisiana
Transportation Research Center (LTRC).

The Master's degree is designed as a broad-based curriculum that covers all aspects
of Geotechnical and Geophysical Engineering. The Doctoral degree is designed as an
in-depth specialty degree that permits students to choose specific areas of concentration
to pursue at significantly greater depth.

### Requirements and Course Work

#### Core Course Requirements

MS and Ph.D core course requirements: CE 7300 and CE 7310

#### Major Field Courses

CE 4300 -- Geotechnical Engineering II (Shallow Foundations)

CE 4310 -- Geotechnical Engineering III (Deep Foundations)

CE 4320 -- Coastal Engineering

CE 7300 -- Advanced Geotechnical Engineering I (Stress Distribution, Seepage, Compressibility)

CE 7305 -- Numerical Methods in Geotechnical Engineering

CE 7310 -- Advanced Geotechnical Engineering II (Shear Strength, Bearing Capacity,
Slope Stability)

CE 7315 -- Soil Behavior

CE 7320 -- Advanced Design and Analysis of Foundations

CE 7325 -- Marine Geotechnics

CE 7335 -- Soil Improvement and Stabilization

CE 7340 -- Theory and Practice of Geotechnical Laboratory Experiments

CE 7345 -- In-situ Soil Testing and Evaluation

CE 7350 -- Soil Dynamics and Introduction to Earthquake Engineering

GEOL 4064 -- Solid Earth Geophysics

GEOL 4067 -- Introduction to Seismology

GEOL 4068 -- Reflection Seismology

GEOL 4071 -- Advanced Structural Geology

GEOL 7065 -- Geodynamics

GEOL 7066 -- Earthquake Seismology

GEOL 7134 -- Clay Mineralogy

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#### Related Field Courses

The following are related field courses that may be included in a course of study for a graduate degree in Geotechnical Engineering.

ME 3602 -- Fundamentals of Instrumentation

EVEG 3400 -- Environmental Engineering

EVEG 4153 -- Hazardous Waste Management

EVEG 4147 -- Design of In-Situ Remediation Processes

CE 4250 -- Ground Water

MATH 4038 -- Mathematical Methods in Engineering

MATH 4055 -- Introductions to Probability

MATH 4056 -- Mathematical Statistics

IE 4362 -- Advanced Engineering Statistics

CE 4440 -- Advanced Mechanics of Materials

CE 4450 -- Finite Element Methods

CE 4560 -- Engineering Applications of Remote Sensing

CSC 4362 -- Advanced Numerical Methods

CSC 4890 -- Introduction to Theory of Computation

ME 7603 -- Advanced Experimental Methods

EXST 7004 -- Experimental Statistics I

EXST 7014 -- Experimental Statistics II

EXST 7060 -- Probability and Statistics

CE 7430 -- Structural Design for Dynamic Loads

CE 7440 -- Applied Elasticity

CE 7455 -- Finite Element Method in Engineering

CE 7475 -- Solid Mechanics

CE 7480 -- Plasticity and Viscoelasticity: Theory and Applications

CE 7500 -- Remote Sensing in Engineering Research

CE 7580 -- Expert Systems in Civil Engineering

CE 7650 -- Bituminous Materials and Mixtures

CE 7652 -- Transportation Engineering- Materials

CE 7655 -- Pavement Materials Characterization

CE 7670 -- Pavement Design

CE 7720 -- Numerical and Matrix Methods in Civil Engineering

MATH 7320 -- Ordinary Differential Equations

MATH 7350 -- Complex Analysis

CSC 7001 -- Computing Principles I

CSC 7002 -- Computing Principles II

CSC 7101 -- Programming Languages Structures

CSC 7300 -- Algorithm Design and Analysis

#### Articulation Courses

MATH 1550 -- Analytic Geometry and Calculus I

MATH 1552 -- Analytic Geometry and Calculus II

MATH 2057 -- Multidimensional Calculus

MATH 2065 -- Elementary Differential Equations

CHEM 1202 -- Basic Chemistry

PHYS 2101 -- General Physics for Technical Students

CE 2200 -- Fluid Mechanics

CE 2450 -- Statics

CE 2720 -- Computational Methods in Civil and Environmental Engineering

CE 3300 -- Geotechnical Engineering I

CE 3350 -- Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory I

CE 3400 -- Mechanics of Materials