Engineering geology deals with earth-structure and the application of the
geology to engineering study for the purpose of assuring that the geological
factors regarding the location, design, construction, operation and maintenance
of engineering works are recognized and accounted for. Engineering geologists
provide geological and geotechnical recommendations, analysis, and design
associated with human development and various types of structures. The realm of
the engineering geologist is essentially in the area of earth-structure
interactions, or investigation of how the earth or earth processes impact human
made structures and human activities.
In many engineering projects related to the structure of the land in that area,
for example, for the construction of huge structures (dams, large bridges, power
plants, industrial structures), mines, deep well drilling (oil, gas and
geothermal), geological knowledge will be an integral part of engineering
Considering the need for specialists in this field, it was first launched at
Tarbiat Modares University at master level in 1983. After the success of its
graduates in the higher education system and engineering companies, Ph.D.
program was founded in 1993 at Tarbiat Modares University. The result of the
efforts of the University and the Department of Geology has so far been
contributing to the implementation of a significant number of research and
development projects and the graduation of more than 150 master and 20 Ph.D.
students. The teaching staff of this department consists of four full-time
faculty members. The Department of Engineering Geology enjoys advanced
laboratory facilities including Soil Mechanics Laboratory and Rock Mechanics as
part of the Geology Engineering Laboratories.