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The course provides a fundamental understanding of the primary and key principles of unsaturated soil mechanics. The course covers stress state variables, soil-water retention properties, soil suction measurements, hydraulic conductivity, effective stress, shear strength, and volume change theory in partially saturated soils. The course is intended for seniors and graduate students with backgrounds and interests in geotechnical and geological engineering, soil science, environmental engineering, and groundwater hydrology.

This is an in-person course that follows the published schedule of course meetings and requires attendance at all sessions. Tufts courses are designed to provide high-quality and interactive courses to Tufts and visiting students. For more information about course policies and expectations, please visit

Basic Enrollment Requirements: Soil Mechanics or Geotechnical Engineering or Consent of the Instructor. Unofficial Transcript – Bachelor’s Degree or progress towards a Bachelor’s Degree + 3.0 GPA.

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Remission Eligible: Yes; first day of term; all university policies apply.

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School of Engineering