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2016-2017 SLCC General Catalog 
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Geological Engineering: APE (CTE)

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Associate of Pre-Engineering | 70 credits minimum

Program Division Natural Science
Program Location Taylorsville-Redwood Road Campus, Room SI 241
General Information (801) 957-7522
Program Information (801) 957-4418
Program Website
Academic Advisor

Program Faculty
Professors - Nick Safai
Associate Professors - Holly Moore, Francis Afghan, Lee Brinton, Sara Farida
Assistant Professors - James Smith, Wesley Sanders, Andrew Vogt, Quentin McRae

Program Description
Geological Engineers utilize their backgrounds in engineering and earth science to provide solutions to engineering problems in the natural world. They are concerned with fluid flow and contaminant transport in the subsurface of the earth, with the behavior of earth materials and with design with earth materials.  Geological Engineering is closely related to both Geology and Civil Engineering.  Students who complete the A.P.E. will be prepared to enter their junior year in Geological Engineering at a 4-year institution.

Career Opportunities
Geological Engineers are employed as consultants to Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering firms.  They are also heavily employed in the energy sector as well as in mining firms.

Transfer/Articulation Information
The associate of pre-engineering degree in geological engineering is a transfer degree similar to the associate of science degree, but has reduced General Education requirements. Current accreditation board of engineering and technology (ABET) standards require upper-division General Education courses. Engineering students who complete this degree may apply for advanced-placement at an engineering school, but must complete General Education requirements at the senior institution.

Admission into an engineering major program at a transfer institution depends upon the receiving institution’s requirements for that major. Some major programs are restricted and require special application as well as a competitive GPA. See an Academic Advisor at both SLCC and the intended receiving institution for specific articulation information.

Program Entry Requirements
The Geological Engineering program requires as a prerequisite a science-oriented high school curriculum which includes as much mathematics, chemistry, physics and English as possible. Students who do not qualify to enter MATH 1210, CHEM 1210 and ENGL 1010 should take prerequisite courses before entering the first semester of their program. Students who need to take preparatory courses to meet the requirements of first semester courses should plan on extra time to complete the program. Consult with the academic advisor concerning these courses. It is the student’s responsibility to examine each course description for details of prerequisite courses. Those prerequisites must be satisfied before the designated class may be taken.

Estimated Time to Completion
If students follow the suggested sample schedule, time to completion is four semesters.

Program Student Learning Outcomes Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes
  1 - Acquire substantive knowledge
2 - Communicate effectively
3 - Develop quantitative literacies
4 - Think critically & creatively
5 - Become a community engaged learner
6 - Work in professional & constructive manner
7 - Develop computer & information literacy

Be prepared for further study in Geological Engineering or a related discipline at a four-year college or university.

Understand the fundamentals of physical science, in particular inorganic chemistry, geology and physics.

Understand the fundamentals of engineering, in particular statics, dynamics, and strength of materials.


Demonstrate competence in technical report writing, other written communication and in oral communication of technical concepts.

Demonstrate competence in both creating and interpreting engineering drawings.


Understand the mathematical tools necessary to perform engineering calculations - in particular Vector Calculus, Linear Algebra and Differential Equations.

Develop an effective problem solving strategy.

Use these mathematical tools and strategies to solve engineering problems.


Be able to solve complex problems in engineering and science using critical thinking skills.

Develop the laboratory skills necessary to design and perform scientific and engineering experiments, and to be able to interpret collected data.


Understand the environmental and social impact of engineering activities and the techniques required to mitigate those impacts.


Understand the ethical impacts of engineering decisions and the requirements for ethical behavior of an engineering professional.


Develop engineering computing skills, and use them to solve problems.



General Education Requirements

General Education requirements in this degree are reduced. Students who earn an Associate of Pre-Engineering degree will need to complete additional General Education requirements for a bachelor’s degree at the receiving institution. Transfer students should obtain advising regarding General Education requirement specific to Engineering majors

Core Skills:

Quantitative Literacy (QL)

American Institutions (AI) Choose One Course (3 Credits) from the Following

Distribution Areas:

Choose an additional six credits from two of the following distribution areas.  We recommend one of the courses should also be a Diversity course (DV).

Fine Arts (FA)   3-4
Humanities (HU)   3
Social Science (SS)   3


Sample 4 Semester Schedule - Assuming Calculus Ready

Total: 16

Total: 18


Total: 18

Sample 5 Semester Schedule - Assuming Calculus Ready

Total: 16


Total: 8

Total: 17

Total: 14

Advising Notes

We recommend FA 1080 Basic Metal Sculpting (FA)  as a fine arts distribution course for Engineering majors.

Additional Program Notes

Students may wish to complete general education requirements at SLCC in order to reduce their course load during the junior and senior year at the receiving transfer institution.  Please consult with the Engineering advisor to plan an appropriate  course of study.

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