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Geological Engineering

Grado en Ingeniería Geológica

The Bachelor's Degree in Geological Engineering integrates the principles of geological sciences with the analysis and engineering techniques to provide reliable and sustainable solutions, adapted to the needs of society.

This degree will provide students with the necessary knowledge to evaluate and manage natural resources, for the protection of the environment, as well as to solve a variety of practical problems associated with the construction of infrastructure works using the principles of sustainable engineering.

This degree especializes in the tools for the design of constructive solutions, in the sustainable management of natural resources, in the forecasting and mitigation of geological risks, in the storage of waste and in the protection of the physical environment. Students will receive training in techniques of data capture and treatment for the characterization of the terrain, 3D digital cartography, geotechnical modeling, natural hazards and pollutant behavior.

Academic year 2019-2020 starts September 2019
Duration 4 years
Study load 240 ECTS (including the bachelor's thesis)
Delivery On-campus
Language Spanish & Catalan
Places There are no places available as this is a degree in extinction.
Official degree Bachelor's Degree in Geological Engineering by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (recorded in the Spanish Ministry of Education's degree register)
Double degree agreements

From the 2018-2019 academic year the Bachelor's Degree in Geological Engineering will be in extinction and will not accept new applicants. Students currently enrolled in this program will proceed with their current program following the extinction chronogram as stated in the current legislation regulating the extinction of curricula and the normative established by the Governing Council of UPC-BarcelonaTech.

Career opportunities

  • Construction companies, consultancy firms and laboratories.
  • Environmental companies.
  • The oil and gas industry: exploration and characterisation of natural resources (oil, gas, minerals, raw materials).
  • Instrumentation and control companies.
  • Administrations.
  • Geological services.
  • Research centres.

Learning objectives

  • This degree forms generalist engineers and engineers with a wide range of possibilities in the labor market. The graduates will have solid knowledge of digital cartography, the use of remote sensors, techniques of recognition and 3D visualization of the subsoil, natural processes modeling, geo-environmental engineering, groundwater technology, resource analysis, environmental impact, geotechnics , geophysics and geology.
  • To enable people to practice the regulated profession of technical engineering of mines, surveys and mining surveys.
2019-2020 academic year



First year
250308 - Mineralogy 9
Fall semester
250304 - Mathematic fundamentals 6
250303 - Physics 6
250309 - Chemistry 6
250305 - General geology 6
Spring semester
250301 - Algebra 6
250306 - Geomatics, topography & graphic expression 6
250307 - Mechanics 7.5
250302 - Calculus 7.5
Second year
Fall semester
250320 - Structural geology 6
250324 - Differential equations 7.5
250326 - Petrology 7.5
250328 - Structures 9
Spring semester
250323 - Stratigraphy 6
250321 - Geomorphology 7.5
250325 - Numerical modelling 6
250322 - Materials science & technology 4.5
250327 - Continuum mechanics 6
Third year
250335 - Geophysical prospection, geochemistry & seismology 9
Fall semester
250332 - Thermodynamics of natural processes 4.5
250333 - Geographic information systems 4.5
250334 - Probability & statistics 4.5
250338 - Construction management & electrotechnics 4.5
250336 - Hydraulics & hydrology 9
Spring semester
250331 - Geological mapping 6
250330 - Geology for public works 4.5
250337 - Numerical modelling 4.5
250339 - Soil mechanics 9
Fourth year
Fall/Spring semester
250348 - Bachelor's thesis 12
Fall semester
250340 - Environmental impact 4.5
250342 - Mineral & energy resources 4.5
250344 - Geotechnical engineering 4.5
250345 - Hydrogeology 6
250346 - Structural technology 6
250347 - Projects & economics 4.5
Spring semester
250341 - Geoenvironmental engineering 6
250343 - Rock mechanics & underground excavation 6

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Students enrolled at UPC for the Bachelor's Degree in Geological Engineering can access the following information:


The Bachelor's Thesis is an original exercise to be done individually and presented and defended before a university pannel consisting in a project in the sphere of the specific civil engineering technologies synthesising and integrating the competences acquired on the course.

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