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 Department’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


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