Graduate Certificate in Geomechanics/Rock Mechanics
Whether you’re currently working in a mining or geological engineering industry and are seeking to develop specialized skills in rock mass behavior and properties; would like to make a career change; or just have an interest in the field; the online Graduate Certificate in Geomechanics/Rock Mechanics is an ideal solution. The program, offered entirely online, provides in-depth insight into geological engineering and mining principles shaped and taught by experts in the industry and leading faculty.
As a student, you’ll examine the core technical and scientific principles that guide safe, geotechnical design and evaluation, gaining the competencies needed to navigate the excavation process. You’ll closely explore aspects of underground construction and stability analysis, learning to harvest raw materials while eliminating the hazards of subterranean ventures. Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to pursue an elective course in the area of study that interests you most, with topics ranging from mine ventilation and soil assessment to earth pressure theories.
The program is shaped by industry leaders to offer a relevant, rigorous exploration of advanced concepts in geological engineering. The curriculum is presented through interactive learning materials and projects, which makes the program a convenient means of professional development for those working full-time.
Should you decide to pursue the Master of Engineering in Mining and Geological Engineering after graduation, or are completing both programs concurrently, all 15 units taken in this certificate program can be transferred.
Prerequisite Courses: 1 unit each
Students who have not previously completed coursework in Calculus, Statistics, and Strengths and Materials may be required to complete prerequisite work. These courses will be part of the student’s study plan and are available online through the Mining Department. They will be counted toward the 15 total required units.
Required Courses (12 units)
Elective Courses (3 units)
You can also choose an elective course with the approval of the program advisor. Examples of electives include:
Course substitutions or changes in electives are allowed with the approval of the program advisor.
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