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William S. Dershowitz
CEE 437
Seattle Campus

Engineering Geology I

General overview of engineering geology and its importance to civil engineers. Topics include geologic processes, hazards, subsurface investigations, classification of geologic materials, data synthesis, and natural construction materials.

Class description

Engineering Geology will provide the essential geologic background for all geotechnical projects, whether civil, mining, or environmental. The course will cover basic geologic principals, field evaluation of rock and soil engineering properties, and geological aspects of slope, foundation, and underground construction.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Instruction will be provide primarily through lectures, supplemented by readings from the course text and two required field trips. Three quizes and four problem sets will be required. There will be no final exam.

Recommended preparation

The course does not require geologic background. However, the some familiarity with geologic terminology is prefered. The source does assume knowlege of engineering mechanics concepts of strengh, elasticity, plasticity, and permeability.

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by William S. Dershowitz
Date: 06/05/2006