Geotechnical engineering is a branch of civil engineering that generally deals with problems involving soil and rock. Examples include the design of foundations for structures, tunneling, disposal of waste products by burial in the ground, design of earth dams, and a variety of other similar topics.
Undergraduates interested in a career in Geotechnical Engineering major in Civil Engineering. The University of Texas at Austin also offers graduate degree programs in Geotechnical Engineering. The links on this page provide more information about this career path, programs of study, and research in Geotechnical Engineering.