Geotechnical Engineering

The recent concerns for energy and the environment have led to increased activity in the field of Geotechnical Engineering and Geo-Environmental Engineering. The practice of Geotechnical Engineering requires a knowledge of geology, soil and rock mechanics, and experience. Geotechnical Engineering at the University of British Columbia focuses on soil mechanics, which concerns the engineering behavior of soil and its application to the design and performance of earth and earth-supported structures. These studies involve the measurement of stress-strain, strength and permeability properties of soil and the development of theories based on these measured properties to predict the response of structures to static and dynamic loading. Environmental Geotechnics emphasizes the geotechnical and environmental aspects of contaminant management, by considering the characteristics of contaminants and the problems encountered in designing and constructing facilities to manage or contain them. Although geotechnical engineers involved in waste management issues must be increasingly aware of the inter-disciplinary nature of their undertakings, an understanding of soil behaviour, waste characteristics and contaminant-soil interaction is a basic building block for more specialized studies.

Geotechnical courses in Civil Engineering at the graduate level are largely in soil mechanics, though students are encouraged to take courses in engineering geology and rock mechanics from other departments.

Geotechnical Engineering Course Guidelines

Prior to registering for courses, students should consult their research supervisor or the specialty advisor. 

 

M.A.Sc.:

Core Credits

(4)

 

 

Elective Credits

(14)

  (Consult with Supervisor or Group Leader)

 

Thesis Credits

(12)

  (Register for CIVL 599C)

 

Total Credits

(30)

 

 

 

 

 

M.Eng.:

Core Credits

 

(4)

 

 

Elective Credits

(26)

  (Consult with Supervisor or Group Leader)

 

Total Credits

(30)

 

 

 

 

 

Ph.D.:

Course Credits

(30)

  (Consult with Supervisor or Group Leader)

 

Thesis

(0)

  (Register for CIVL 699)

 

Total Credits

(30)

  (Minimum required beyond Bachelor’s degree)

 

Students must register for a minimum of 12 credits of Civil Graduate Level Courses (500-level and above, excluding M.A.Sc. thesis credits).

Ph.D. students must work in consultation with their research supervisor when selecting courses. 

 

Core Courses (Required)
Credits
Term

CIVL 570

Advanced Soil Mechanics

3

1

CIVL 5971

Geotechnical Seminar

1

1 & 2

1Students register only once for the course, but must attend seminars for the duration of their program.

Recommended Courses
Credits
Term

CIVL 574

Experimental Soil Mechanics

3

2

CIVL 579

Geosynthetics

2

1

CIVL 580

Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering

3

1

CIVL 581

Soil Dynamics

3

2

Pre-Approved Civil Elective Courses
Credits
Term

CIVL 504

Seismicity and Seismic Design Parameters

2

2

CIVL 505

Seismic Response of Structures

3

2

CIVL 507

Dynamics of Structures I

3

1

CIVL 518

Reliability and Structural Safety

3

1

CIVL 520

Construction Planning and Control

3

1

CIVL 537

Computational Mechanics I

3

1

Approved Non-Civil Electives
Credits
Term

EOSC 529

Advanced Geotechnics

3

not offered

EOSC 5321

Field Laboratory in Groundwater Hydrology

3

2

EOSC 533

Advanced Groundwater Hydrology

3

1

EOSC 5342

Geological Engineering Soils and Weak Rocks

3

2

EOSC 535

Transport Process in Porous Media

3

not offered

EOSC 5363

Advanced Rock Engineering

3

1

EOSC 547

Tunneling and Underground Engineering

3

2

MECH 561

Linear elasticity

3

Not offered

MINE 505

Advanced Topics in Rock Engineering

2

1

MINE 590L4

Mined Material Physical Characterization and Behaviour

3

1

MINE 5XX

Rock Mechanics Principles (directed studies course)

3

1

Co-taught with EOSC 428. Not eligible if already taken during undergraduate/graduate degrees.

Co-taught with EOSC 434. Not eligible if already taken during undergraduate/graduate degrees. 

Co-taught with EOSC 433. Not eligible if already taken during undergraduate/graduate degrees.

Directed studies

Approved Undergraduate Electives (Max 6 Credits)
Credits
Term

CIVL 408

Geo-environmental Engineering

3

2

CIVL 410

Foundation Engineering I

3

1

CIVL 411

Foundation Engineering II

3

2

CIVL 413

Design of Earth Dams and Containment Structures

3

2

CIVL 417

Coastal Engineering

3

2

EOSC 330

Principles of Geomorphology

3

1

EOSC 350

Environmental, Geotechnical, and Exploration Geophysics I

3

1

MINE 403

Rock Mechanics Design

3

1

MINE 480

Mine Waste Management 

2

2

IGEN 450

Pipeline Engineering

3

1

Geo-Environmental Course Guidelines

Prior to registering for courses, students should consult their research supervisor or the specialty advisor.  For any requests for advanced credit from prior studies, or for specific course exemptions or equivalencies, students should seek the written approval of the supervisor or specialty advisor upon entry or prior to registering in affected courses. 

 

M.A.Sc.:

Core Credits

(1)

 

 

Elective Credits

(17)

  (Consult with Supervisor or Specialty Advisor)

 

Thesis Credits

(12)

  (Register for CIVL 599C)

 

Total Credits

(30)

 

 

 

 

 

M.Eng.:

Core Credits

(1)

 

 

Elective Credits

(29)

  (Consult with Supervisor or Specialty Advisor)

 

Total Credits

(30)

 

 

 

 

 

Ph.D.:

Core Credits

(1)

 

 

Elective Credits

(29)

  (Consult with Supervisor or Specialty Advisor)

 

Thesis Credits

(0)

  (Register for CIVL 699)

 

Total Credits

(30)

  (Minimum required beyond Bachelor’s degree)

 

Students must register for a minimum of 12 credits of Civil Graduate Level Courses (500-level and above, excluding M.A.Sc. thesis credits).

Core Courses (Required)
Credits
Term

CIVL 597*

Geo-Environmental Seminar

1

1/2

*Students register only once for the course, but must attend seminars for the duration of their program.

Approved Civil Elective Courses
Credits
Term

CIVL 541

Environmental Fluid Mechanics

3

2

CIVL 557

Toxic and Hazardous Waste Treatment and Disposal

2

2

CIVL 561

Investigation, Risk Assessment and Management of Chemicals in Geo-Environment

3

2

CIVL 562

Environmental Contaminant Analysis Lab

3

2

CIVL 566

Transport and Mixing of Pollutants in Aquatic System

2

1

CIVL 567

Water Pollution Control Engineering

2

Not offered

CIVL 570

Soil Mechanics

3

1

CIVL 572

Environmental Geotechnique

3

Not offered

CIVL 577

Soil Exploration for Engineering Design

3

Not offered

CIVL 579

Geosynthetics

2

1

EOSC 533

Advanced Groundwater Hydrology

3

1

EOSC 535

Transport Processes in Porous Media

3

2

Non-Civil Electives
Credits
Term

CHBE 572

Water Pollution Control

2-6

Not offered

CHBE 575

Air Pollution Control

3

1

CHEM 301

Aqueous Environmental Chemistry

3

1

EOSC 540

Advanced Groundwater Geochemistry

3

1

FRST 590

Statistical Methods in Hydrology

3

Not offered

MINE 580

Acid Rock Drainage

3

1 & 2

MINE 581

Environmental Technologies and Issues in Mining

3

1

RMES 515

Integrated Watershed Management  (Web Oriented Course)

3

2