McGill University

Geotechnical Engineering

Program Information
School: McGill University
Degree: Bachelor
Field of Study: Geotechnical Engineering
Description: Geotechnical engineering is the study of the behaviour of soils under the influence of loading forces and soil-water interactions. This knowledge is applied to the design of foundations, retaining walls, earth dams, clay liners, and geosynthetics for waste containment. The goals of geotechnical engineers could range from the design of foundations and temporary excavation support, through route selection for railways and highways, to the increasingly important areas of landfill disposal of wastes and groundwater contamination.

As such, the geotechnical engineer is involved in field and laboratory investigations to determine the engineering properties of site soils and other geomaterials and their subsequent use in the analytical study of the problem at hand. Recent computational and computer advances are extending our ability to predict the behaviour of soil and soil-water systems under a wide variety of conditions. In recent years, the activities of geotechnical engineers have also involved geoenvironmental engineering. Geoenvironmental engineers design strategies for the clean-up of contaminated soils and groundwater and develop management systems for contaminated sites.
Website: Geotechnical Engineering at McGill University
Length: 4 Year(s)
Cost per year:
Provincial: $4,369
National: $8,737
Admission Requirements
Prerequisites:

These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Biology
  • 2 of:  Chemistry
  • 2 of:  Mathematics
  • 3 of:  Physics

Applicants must have Biology - NYA (OOUK), Chemistry - NYA, NYB (OOUL, OOUM), Mathematics - NYA, NYB (OOUN, OOUP), and Physics - NYA, NYB, NYC (OOUR, OOUS, OOUT).


* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Modified on July 31, 2014

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