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Prof. Pradeep Kurup, right, confers with civil and environmental engineering graduate student Connor Sullivan in the Geotechnical Lab. Kurup is holding a prototype probe for detecting toxic heavy metals in soil and groundwater.

Geotechnical Engineering

The master's degree program in geotechnical engineering encompasses soil mechanics theory and applications in the fields of foundation and soil engineering. Course work emphasizes the engineering behavior of soil, soil property determination and the use of advanced soil mechanics theory and soil-structure interaction in the solution of soil and foundation engineering problems. Elementary courses in soil mechanics, statics, strength of materials and fluid mechanics are required as prerequisites for graduate core courses. Students receiving a teaching or research assistantship are required to submit a publishable thesis.

The program of study consists of five required courses: Advanced Soil Mechanics and any four core courses and four elective courses selected with the consent of a student's faculty advisor.

Please refer to the UMass Lowell online Graduate Catalog for the latest information, program and course descriptions.