Geosystems Engineering

Geosystems Engineering

Aligning human interaction with the earth and water environments.


The Geosystems Engineering postgraduate research program focuses on geotechnical and geoenvironmental solutions through collaborative efforts of multi-disciplinary faculty in five interdependent and mutually reinforcing areas:

  • soil structure interaction
  • geophysical testing and nondestructive evaluation
  • computational poro-geomechanics
  • smart waste management
  • beneficial use of waste materials

Our inclusive and multi-disciplinary graduate curriculum offers a dynamic transformational point of view that leverages geotechnical and geoenvironmental technologies for environmental, economical, and social sustainability.



Geosystems Engineering is a cross-disciplinary program team of faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and staff dedicated to innovation in geotechnical and geoenvironmental technology for sustainable geo-infrastructure development.


The graduate curriculum integrates in-depth training in a core engineering discipline into cross-disciplinary understanding of Geosystems Engineering. The comprehensive knowledge base of our graduates allow them to excel in her/his chosen specialization, adequately addressing the changing need in the global workforces of resilient geo-infrastructure.


  • 384 NPUs (64-bit 2.7 GHz) 20 RSU (8 TB) cluster
  • Experimental laboratories for environmental pollutants
  • A 2.5-m geotechnical centrifuge
  • A 10-m testing chamber
  • Seismic and ultrasonic test systems
  • GPR testing system

Research Focus

Strength Envelopes for Florida Rock and Intermediate Geomaterials, Multiscale (mm to km) Material Imaging and Characterization, Dynamic Testing for Foundation Capacity and Integrity, Mechanical Wave Simulation and Inversion, Computational Modeling of Multiscale Multiphysics Problems, Theoretical and Numerical Modeling of Instability/Failure of Multiphase Geomaterials, Determining Bearing Resistance of Cantilever Sheet Piles, Discrete Particle Dynamics and Contact Mechanics, Impact and Ground Penetration, Bridge Foundation Engineering, Waste Management and Beneficial Reuse, Computational Mechanics, and Hydro(geo)chemical Processes.


Our graduates are in demand by various professions such as infrastructure/energy industries, R&D laboratories, academic institutions, and local and federal government agencies. An example of such is seen in established, professional relationships with state government agencies and major design firms both in the U.S. and world-wide.

Graduate Study Program

Master of Engineering (ME) or Master of Science (MS) Degree

Master of Engineering (ME) or Master of Science (MS) Degree in Civil Engineering with Specialization in Geosystems Engineering


Within the geosystems engineering field, employers often seek out our graduates with master’s degrees. They have high expectations regarding the skills and capabilities that our graduates bring with them into industry. Consequently, we offer a specialization in geosystems engineering within the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering. The following requirements, in addition to the minimum requirements imposed by the UF Graduate School, must be met for graduation.

Course Requirements

Master’s students specializing in Geosystems Engineering (GE) are expected to satisfy the following minimum coursework requirements and procedures. Upon admission, a GE faculty member is assigned as your advisor.

Regardless of whether you are pursuing a Thesis or Non-Thesis degree, you must complete the Master’s Program Plan of Study (PPS), which is posted on the ESSIE website.  You must request the use of transfer credits toward your degree program on the PPS and obtain approval, as indicated by the advisor’s signature on the PPS. You will have an advising hold until your first PPS has been submitted based on these timeframes:  Masters non-thesis submission is required by midterm of the first semester; Master’s thesis by midterm of the second semester.  Before the registration periods of subsequent semesters, contact your advisor for approval of your proposed course selection for the upcoming semester, along with any changes in your PPS. You or your advisor need to  submit your PPS (original or revised) to for processing.

Additional requirements may be imposed by the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering or the University of Florida Graduate School; therefore, the student should consult the Civil and Coastal Engineering Graduate Student Handbook for additional information.

Non-thesis Master’s degree

Non-thesis students obtaining a Master’s of Science degree must satisfy the final exam requirements by submitting a completed term project that earned a grade of B or better from any of the GE courses (core or elective) listed in the coursework requirements. Projects from outside the curriculum will not be considered. Projects are to be submitted to the student’s advisor for approval and must be comprehensive in nature. Master of Engineering students are not required to complete the final examination per the Graduate Catalog.

Thesis Master’s degree-seeking students:

A thesis master’s degree-seeking student is required to have a supervisory committee. That committee must consist of a minimum of two members, a chair (usually the advisor) and at least one additional member. The full committee should be formed by the mid-term of the second semester. If a minor is designated, the committee must include a graduate faculty member from the minor department.

Grades & Graduation

Per the University of Florida Graduate School Policy, students must have an overall GPA of 3.00 and an overall 3.00 GPA within the departmental courses to be eligible for graduation.

Coursework Requirements

Courses are selected to ensure students obtain a minimum level of competency in geosystems engineering. After the ESSIE core course requirements are met for geosystems, additional ESSIE core and/or elective courses must be chosen in consultation with advisors.

MS or ME with Thesis

A minimum of 30 credit hours with a minimum of 24 hours of course work and 6 hours Masters Research (CGN 6971) with a written master’s thesis and final oral defense. Enrollment of 3 credit hours (Fall/Spring) or 2 credit hours (Summer) of Masters Research (CGN 6971) is required during the final/graduating semester. Coursework should satisfy the ESSIE core and electives and other electives criteria indicated below.

MS or ME with Coursework Only (non-thesis)

Minimum 30 total semester hours of coursework. Coursework should satisfy the ESSIE core, electives and other electives criteria indicated below.

ESSIE Core Courses (15 credits required)

  • CEG6117 Advanced Deep Foundation Design
  • CEG5114 Advanced Geotechnical Aspects of Landfill Design
  • CEG6015 Advanced Soil Mechanics
  • CEG6116 Advanced Shallow Foundation Design
  • CGN 6905 Computational Poromechanics
  • CGN 6905 Computational Inelasticity
  • CEG6515 Earth Retaining Systems and Slope Stability
  • CEG5115 Foundation Design
  • CEG6405 Seepage in Soils
  • CEG5205C In situ Measurement of Soil Properties
  • CGN 6905 Nondestructive Testing & Geophysics Methods
  • CGN 6905 Unsaturated Soil Mechanics
  • CGN 6905 Ground Modification Design

ESSIE Electives

  • ENV 6932 Applied Practice in Beneficial Use of Waste Materials
  • ENV 5306 Municipal Refuse Disposal
  • ENV 6617 Principals of Green Engineering and Sustainability
  • ENV 6052 Immiscible Fluids
  • ENV 6932 Absorption Phenomenon
  • CES 5116 Finite elements in Civil Engineering

Non ESSIE Electives

As geosystems engineering is highly interdisciplinary, the graduate students are encouraged to choose electives from other branches of civil and environmental engineering and a variety of other disciplines including but not limited to: Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Geology, Soil Sciences and Physics. Students must choose non ESSIE electives in consultation with their advisors.

Non availability of courses:

If any of the courses are not available for reasons such as faculty members’ sabbatical the GE faculty will recommend appropriate alternatives on a case-by-case basis.


Photo of Michael Annable Michael Annable Professor and EES Department Head

216 Black Hall

Photo of Dennis Hiltunen Dennis Hiltunen Professor

265J Weil Hall

Photo of Steven Laux Steven Laux Senior Lecturer

102 Sustainable Materials Management Research Laboratory

Photo of Michael McVay Michael McVay University Term Professor

265J Weil Hall

Photo of Ana Mohseni Ana Mohseni Lecturer
(352) 294-7766

265G Weil Hall

Photo of Xiaoyu Song Xiaoyu Song Assistant Professor

480C Weil Hall

Photo of Timothy G. Townsend Timothy Townsend Jones, Edmunds & Associates, Inc. Professor
(352) 392-0846

204 Black Hall

Photo of Khiem Tran Khiem Tran Associate Professor

265N Weil Hall

Photo of Scott Wasman Scott Wasman Research Assistant Professor

575I Weil Hall

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(352) 294-7799

265I Weil Hall

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