Starting in fall 2023, we’ll be offering the combined Structural/Geotechnical Engineering Certificate as our main option.

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Learn to analyze, design, and meet bearing capacities of shallow or deep foundations, and to design reinforced concrete for shallow or deep foundations. Apply Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD) principles to the design and analysis of foundations.

You’ll examine soil mechanics to recognize, design and analyze concrete retaining walls, cantilever and anchored sheet pile walls, braced excavations, and more using LRFD concepts. You’ll also be able to recognize, design, and analyze the geosynthetic alternatives to traditional civil engineering projects such as subsurface drainage systems, erosion control systems, roadway and pavement systems, and more.

The credit you earn from your certificate can be applied toward the completion of the online Master of Science in Engineering program.


A completed baccalaureate degree is required to qualify for the certificate program.

The online Geotechnical Engineering certificate is earned by completing 12 graduate credits.

ENGRG 7260 Advanced Shallow Foundation Design w/ LRFD Applications   
ENGRG 7270 Advanced Deep Foundation Design w/ LRFD Applications   
ENGRG 7280 Geosynthetics Engineering   
ENGRG 7290 Earth Retaining Structures: Design, Analysis, and LRFD


  • Achieve a minimum grade of "C" in each course
  • Complete the program with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Request a certificate from the Office of Professional Program Support within one year upon completion