Engineering properties of soils including their descriptions and classifications, the effects of water, soil strength and compressibility. Introduction to soil stabilization, earth pressures, slope stability, and foundations.

- Explain how geology influences subsurface conditions and impacts engineering decisions.
- Classify soils and use phase diagrams to compute weight and volume quantities.
- Estimate soil permeability and quantity of seepage.
- Determine total stresses, pore water pressures, and effective stresses.
- Determine subsurface stress changes due to applied surface loading.
- Estimate the magnitude and time-rate of settlement due to consolidation.
- Apply the Mohr-Coulomb shear strength criterion to evaluate the potential for failure in a soil mass.
- Interpret laboratory test data and field exploration information, and transmit the findings in technical memoranda.
- Design a laboratory and field test program to obtain parameters to solve a geotechnical problem.

C- or better in each of the following: ESM 2204, GEOS 2104

3H, 2L, 4C

Fall, Spring