GITAM University Engineering Geology Syllabus
1.0 Geology – Branches of Geology
2.0 Rock weathering process
2.1 Soils – Soil Profile, Soil formation, Indian Soil Groups, Soil erosion and conservation.
3.0 Landforms – Produced by wind, rivers, glaciers, Sea waves and currents.
4.0 Ground Water – Origin, distribution, aquifers, Porosity & Permeability and water bearing
properties of rocks.
5.0 Minerals – Physical properties: Form, Colour, Streak, Lustre, Cleavage, Fracture, hardness and
5.1 Study of some important rock forming minerals – quartz, Feldspars, Pyroxenes, Amphiboles,
Micas and Clays.
6.0 Rocks – Classification, Texture, Structure and Mineralogical composition of some typical
Igneous, Sedimentary and metamorphic rocks. Granite, Syenite, Diorite, Gabbro, dolerite,
Basalt, Breccia, conglomerate, sandstone, shale, limestone, Gneiss, khondalite, Schist,
Slate, Marble, Quartzite, Charnockite.
6.1 Engineering Properties of Rocks.
7.0 Stratigraphic time scale – Major geological formations of India: Archeans, Cuddapahs,
Vindhyans, Gandwanas and Deccan Trap Systems.
8.0 Elements of Structural Geology: Strike & Dip, Clinometer/Brunton Compass.
8.1 Description and Classification of Folds, Faults and Joints.
9.0 Remote Sensing: Introduction, Electromagnetic Spectrum, Sensors & Platforms, IRS Satellites
– applications to Civil Engineering.
10.0 Geophysical investigations of Civil Engineering importance: Introduction, Electrical
Resistivity and Seismic refraction methods.
11.0 Natural Hazards: Origin, Classification and Mitigation of Earthquakes & Landslides.
12.0 The role and functions of Engineering Geologist at various stages of Civil Engg. Projects.
12.1 Geological Investigations for Dams & Reservoirs.
12.2 Geological Investigations for Tunnels, Bridge sites & Highways.
12.3 Geological investigations for Coastal Structures.
1. Parbin Singh, A Text Book of Engineering & General Geology, SK Kateria & Sons Publishers,
Seventh editions, Reprint, 2004-2005.
2. N. Chennakesavalu, A Test Book of Engineering Geology, Macmillan Publishers, First
Publishers, First Published 1993, Reprint 1997, 1999, 2003, 2004.
3. P. K. Guha, Remote sensing for the beginner, East West press