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Major in Engineering Geology

Subject Advisor Engineering Geology

Prof. Simon Löw

Geological Institute
NO G 69.2
Sonneggstrasse 5
CH - 8092 Zurich

The major in Engineering Geology focuses on the interactions between man, engineered structures and geology. Students attain the ability to characterize the site geology in the form of a comprehensive geotechnical or hydrogeological model and learn how to design and execute a targeted site investigation program, how to assemble, interpret and synthesize diverse and often highly-fragmented geological and technical data, and how to transfer such data into an appropriate and scientifically-valid model as required for engineering analysis and design.  


The Engineering Geological Seminar is mandatory for students majoring in Engineering Geology. The seminar includes external guest lectures, literature study and the preparation of a research plan for the MSc project. Preparation of a research plan requires understanding of research methods, concepts and tools. In addition students will make contacts with researchers and practitioners, and get an understanding of the international engineering geology community.  

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