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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Field of Study: Geosystems Engineering

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The Geosystems field of study in the M.S. degree program is offered as full-time or part-time. The program provides an excellent foundation in soil behavior including training in the Tufts Advanced Geomaterials Laboratory. M.S. students have excellent networking opportunities through the weekly CEE Seminar and other annual networking events.

Requirements for non-thesis option: A full-time student can complete this option (M.S.-non-thesis) in one year. Part-time M.S. (non-thesis) students are expected to take one or two courses per semester.

Requirements for thesis option: A full-time student is expected to complete this option (MS-thesis) in two years. Requirements are the same as the non-thesis option with the provision that Thesis Research (6 course credits) may replace 3 credits of elective courses and 3 credits of professional practice.

M.S. students studying Geosystems Engineering will take the following courses.

  1. Required core courses (four out of five courses)
    • CEE-128 Nonlinear Analysis of Materials (3 SHUs)
    • CEE-242 Advanced Soil Mechanics (3 SHUs)
    • CEE-244 Laboratory and In-Situ Measurement of Soil Properties  (4 SHUs)
    • CEE-245 Geomechanics (3 SHUs)
    • CEE-247 Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering (3 SHUs)
  2. Professional practice (two courses)
    • CEE-292 Graduate Seminar (Students may take this as a two-semester 3-SHU option or as a non-credit option); Students may substitute with an additional professional practice course with the consent of their advisor.
    • One engineering management course from the Tufts Gordon Institute
  3. Electives (four courses)
    Students choose four electives that allow for specialization to best meet the student's interests and desired educational goals, with approval of their faculty advisor. The specialties of Tufts' Geosystems Program center around geotechnical engineering, geohazards engineering, geohydrology, and geomechanics. Courses should be selected with the help of the advisor.


Laurie Gaskins Baise: Geotechnical earthquake engineering, seismic hazard mapping, natural hazards, remote sensing

Jay A. Borkland: Project Leadership, Ports, Infrastructure, Supply Chain, Geophysics, Permitting

Brendan Casey: Advanced soil mechanics

Luis Dorfmann: mathematical models of material behavior, nonlinear magneto- and electromechanical interactions, biomechanics of soft materials, rubber elasticity and inelasticity, materials science

Grant Garven: hydrogeology and groundwater hydrology

John (Jack) Germaine: geotechnical, laboratory testing, automation, soil behavior, physical properties, mechanical properties, material science

Lucy Jen: Geotechnical engineering, foundation design, computational geotechnics

Chris Swan: engineering education, geoenvironmental and geotechnical engineering

Rob Viesca: applied mathematics and mechanics for geophysical and engineering problems