Skip to main content
2010-2011 Catalog Online

Previous | Next


Civil and Environmental Engineering (CVE)

Chairperson: Professor G. Tsiatas

205 Introduction to Civil Engineering Tools (2)

Introduction to the nature and history of the profession of civil and environmental engineering and tools including engineering drawings, computer-aided design, and basic computer programming. (Lec.1, Lab. 3) Pre: EGR 106.

220 Mechanics of Materials (3)

Theory of stresses and strains, thin-walled cylinders, beam deflections, columns, combined bending and direct stresses, joints, and indeterminate beams. (Lec. 3) Pre: MCE 262.

230 Mechanics of Materials Laboratory (1)

Introduction to the physical and mechanical properties of civil engineering construction materials including steel, wood and Portland cement concrete. Cement properties, mix design, testing of fresh and hardened concrete Experimental evaluation of fundamental material properties and behavior under a variety of controlled laboratory conditions. (Lab. 3) Pre: credit or concurrent enrollment in 220. Required for civil engineering students only.

240 Geomatics (2)

Science and technology of obtaining and utilizing earth measurement data, including the description and purpose of field surveying equipment, including the automatic level, transit, EDM instrument, electronic total station, and GPS instrument. Includes the collection, sorting, storage, analysis, and presentation of data for engineering purposes. (Lec. 2) Pre: MTH /141.

241 Geomatics Lab. (1)

Field and laboratory experience in the operation and care of surveying equipment (including the automatic level, transit, EDM instrument, electronic total station, and GPS instrument), and the application of electronically collected field data for engineering planning and design, using a CADD program. (Lab. 3). Pre: credit or concurrent enrollment in 240.

250 CADD for Civil Engineers (3)

Operating system issues, basic elements of Computer-Aided Design and Drafting (CADD): creation of 2-D and 3-D models, solid modeling, rendering and animation, applications of CADD in civil engineering design. (Lec. 3) Pre: EGR 106. Preference given to students enrolled in the CVE undergraduate degree program.

323 Sustainable Solutions for Developing Communities (3)

Focuses on creating awareness about the global challenges our society is facing and how to potentially solve them using appropriate and sustainable technologies. (Lec. 3) Pre: EGR 106 and MTH 243 and permission of instructor.

334 Construction Management (3)

Introduction to construction planning; procedures involved in construction activities with major emphasis on heavy construction. (Lec. 3) Pre: 220.

340 Geomatics (3)

Technologies to obtain measurement data using level, transit, EDM, total station, and GPS instrument. Data collection, sorting, storage, analysis, and presentation of data for civil engineering purposes. Practical surveying experiences. (Lec. 2, Lab. 3) Pre: MTH 141 and permission of instructor.

346 Transportation Engineering (3)

Concepts of transportation planning and design as well as traffic analysis techniques are covered with respect to Multi-Mode travel within transportation systems. (Lec. 3) Pre: at least a 2.00 (C) average in MTH 141, MTH 142, PHY 203, PHY 204, and CHM 101.

347 Highway Engineering (3)

Design of modern highways and streets including planning, location, geometric layout, drainage structures, bituminous materials, pavement structure, construction, operation, maintenance, and rehabilitation. (Lec. 3) Pre: 346.

348 Highway Engineering Laboratory (1)

Highway capacity analysis, computer applications of geometric design, soil resilient modulous test, L. A. abrasion test, asphalt viscosity test, Marshall and SuperPave mix-design, pavement management lab, and field trip. (Lab. 3) Pre: credit or concurrent enrollment in 347.

354 Structural Analysis (3)

Introduction to structural analysis, statically determinate systems, trusses, beams, frames, influencelines, deflections, conjugate beam, energy methods, statically indeterminate systems, force method, slope deflection, moment distribution, introduction to stiffness method. (Lec. 3) Pre: 220 and at least a 2.00 (C) average in MTH 141, MTH 142, PHY 203, PHY 204, and CHM101.

355 Structural Engineering Lab. (1)

The use of computer programs in structural analysis. A “teaching” type software program and “professional” type software program will be used. (Lab. 3) Pre: credit or concurrent enrollment in 354.

370 Hydraulic Engineering (3)

Applied hydraulics of flow in closed conduits and open channels: river and groundwater hydraulics. Analysis of hydraulic structures. Reservoir design. Principles of hydrology. (Lec. 3) Pre: MCE 354 and at least a 2.00 (C) average in MTH 141, MTH 142, PHY 203, PHY 204, and CHM 101.

374 Environmental Engineering (3)

Water supply and treatment systems, sewerage treatment of municipal and industrial waste waters, stream pollution, groundwater analysis, air pollution, and disposal of solid waste materials. (Lec. 3) Pre: MTH 243 or permission of chairperson and at least a 2.00 (C) average in MTH 141, MTH 142, PHY 203, PHY 204, and CHM 101.

375 Environmental Engineering Laboratory (1)

Laboratory studies in environmental engineering and water resources. Measurement of environmental contaminants, closed conduit flow, open channel flow. Treatment processes, pipe networks, centrifugal pump characteristics. Computer implementation for design. (Lab. 3) Pre: credit in MCE 354, CVE 374 and credit or concurrent enrollment in CVE 370.

381 Geotechnical Engineering (3)

Engineering properties of soils, seepage, consolidation theory, calculation of stresses, failure theories, shear strength of sand, shear strength of clay. Introduction to foundation engineering and geosynthetics. (Lec. 3) Pre: 220 and at least a 2.00 (C) average in MTH 141, MTH 142, PHY 203, PHY 204, and CHM 101.

382 Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory (1)

Laboratory studies of physical properties and behavior of soils: index properties, compaction, consolidation, and shear strength. Interpretation, evaluation, and engineering applications of test data. Introduction to foundation engineering and geosynthetics. (Lab. 3) Pre: credit or concurrent enrollment in 381.

391 Honors Work (3)

Independent study under close faculty supervision. Discussion of advanced topics in civil engineering in preparation for graduate work. (Independent Study) Pre: junior standing or permission of chairperson.

400 Civil Engineering Professional Licensure (1)

Preparation of students to take the civil engineering oriented Fundamentals of Engineering examination. Overview of the civil engineering licensure process and importance. (Lec. 1) Pre: civil engineering major with senior standing. Not for graduate credit. S/U only.

422 Offshore Structure Design

See Ocean Engineering 422.

442 Traffic Engineering (3)

Highway traffic characteristics and methods of providing for an effective, free, and rapid flow of traffic. Types of studies, regulations, control devices and aids, planning, and administration. (Lec. 2, Lab. 3) Pre: 347 or permission of instructor.

443 Intelligent Transportation Systems (3)

Traffic systems operations/planning strategies; advanced transportation management systems; detection devices; benefits and evaluation; in-vehicle navigation theory; real-time dynamic routing issues. (Lec. 3) Pre: 346 or permission of instructor.

450 Simulation Based Design for Civil Engineers /(4)

Advanced concepts of Computer-Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) as they pertain to a) digital prototyping, b) concurrent engineering, and c) continuous acquisition and lifecycle support, global standards, and file exchange formats. (Lec. 3, Lab. 3) Pre: 220 and 250.

453 Computer Analysis of Structures (3)

Introduction to matrix methods of structural analysis. Solutions of planar structures using a digital computer. (Lec. 3) Pre: 354 or equivalent.

460 Steel Structures (3)

Theory of steel structures including beams, columns, beam-columns, composite construction, and connections. Material properties, environmental loads, state of construction practice, fabrication, and economic aspects. (Lec. 3) Pre: 354 or permission.

465 Analysis and Design of Concrete Structures /(3)

Current criteria and practice for design of reinforced and prestressed concrete structures. Elastic and ultimate strength analysis of beams, slabs, columns, and frames. Comprehensive design problems. (Lec. 3) Pre: 354 or concurrent enrollment. Not for graduate credit in civil engineering.

470 Water and Wastewater Transport Systems (3)

Computer analysis of water storage and transmission. Design of water distribution and wastewater collection systems. (Lec. 2, Lab. 3) Pre: 370 or 374 or permission of instructor.

471 Water and Wastewater Treatment Systems /(3)

Development of water quality standards. Design and analysis of physical, chemical, and biological treatment processes and their application to water and wastewater purification systems. (Lec. 2, Lab. 3) Pre: 374 or permission of instructor.

472 Industrial Air Pollution (3)

Sources and characteristics of urban-industrial air pollution, allowable concentrations and control, stack sampling, chemical supplements in air pollution control, diffusion of pollutants, site selection, and abatement programs. Air resources management programs. (Lec. 3) Pre: permission of instructor.

474 Water Quality Sampling and Analysis (3)

Laboratory and field work including sampling of surface and groundwater, chemical and biological analyses for water, monitoring, treated effluent quality control, and detection of hazardous contaminants. (Lec. 1, Lab. 6) Pre: 374 or permission of instructor.

475 Water in the Environment (3)

Evaluation of water as a resource and its relation to the environment: hydrologic cycle, water budgets, water uses, drought, flood, current water problems. (Lec. 3) Pre: 370 or permission of instructor.

477 Environmental Sustainability and Green Engineering (3)

Provides an overview of the impacts in aquatic, terrestrial, atmospheric and built environment created by engineering decisions. Understand the physical, chemical, and biological principles that describe interactions between engineering and the environment. (Lec. 3) Pre: senior standing undergraduate from any engineering program or permission of instructor. Not for graduate credit.

478 Hazardous Waste Disposal and Solid Waste Management (3)

Sources, collection, treatment, and disposal of hazardous wastes and solid wastes. Conservation, recovery, and reuse of material. Economics of waste treatment, disposal, and reuse. (Lec. 3) Pre: permission of instructor.

483 (or OCE 483) Shallow Foundations

Applications of geotechnical engineering principles to analysis and design of shallow foundations. Foundation types, bearing capacity, settlement, lateral earth pressures, gravity retaining walls, introduction to deep foundations. (Lec. 3) Pre: 381 or equivalent.

491, 492 Special Problems (1-6 each)

Advanced work under supervision of a faculty member arranged to suit the individual requirements of the student. (Independent Study) Pre: permission of chairperson. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits. Not for graduate credit in civil engineering.

493 Civil Engineering Design Studies (1-6)

Off campus civil and environmental engineering design studies. Must include significant hands-on (laboratory or field) experience, use of engineering design tools, and the design, development, test and evaluation of hardware/software systems. (Independent Study) Pre: junior standing in civil engineering and permission of the department chair. Not for graduate credit in civil engineering.

497 Civil Engineering Design I (2)

Detailed project planning, conceptual design and layout, and environmental impact for the civil engineering integrated capstone design project. Speakers on ethics, professionalism, and professional practice. (Lab. 4) Pre: credit or concurrent enrollment in 346, 354, 374, and 381. Must be taken immediately prior to 498. Required of all seniors in civil engineering. Not for graduate credit in civil engineering.

498 Civil Engineering Design II (3)

Elements of planning, analysis, and design of a civil engineering project integrating the principles learned in previous courses; a group integrated capstone design project involving all major aspects of civil engineering design. (Lec. 1, Lab. 6) Pre: credit or concurrent enrollment in 370 and 497. Required for all seniors in civil engineering. Not for graduate credit in civil engineering.

542 Traffic Systems Operations (3)

Signalized and unsignalized intersection treatments; coordination concepts; arterial and freeway management, operating strategies, and design issues; simulation and optimization; performance evaluation. (Lec. 3) Pre: 442 or permission of instructor.

545 Pavement Design (3)

Pavement types; pavement system components; stresses in the pavement structure. Design factors and criteria, pavement stabilization, structural design of flexible and rigid pavements for highways and airports, pavement maintenance and overlay design. (Lec. 3) Pre: 347 or equivalent.

546 Urban and Rural Transportation

See Community Planning 546.

547 Geometric Design of Highways (3)

Evaluation of alternative designs. Criteria and practices of geometric design; at grade intersections, interchanges, channelization, weaving parking facilities, and road appurtenances; safety considerations, lane balancing, ramps, and terminals. (Lec. 3) Pre: 347 or equivalent.

548 Bituminous Transportation Materials and Mix-Design (3)

Asphalt binder, bituminous mixtures, conventional and SuperPave mix-design methods, material characterization and testing, fracture, fatigue, and permanent deformation, novel pavement materials and additives, and pavement recyling. (Lec. 2, Lab. 3) Pre: 347 or equivalent.

549 Transportation Soils and Materials

Surficial and subgrade soils, mineral aggregates, Portland Cement Concretes, mix-design methods, material characterization and testing, fracture, fatigue, and modern transportation materials. (Lec. 2, Lab. 3) Pre: 347 or equivalent.

551 Finite Element Analysis in Civil Engineering I (3)

Direct stiffness method. Rayleigh-Ritz and Galerkin methods. Isoparametric elements. Frames, trusses, plane stress and strain. Bending of thin plates. (Lec. 3) Pre: 453 or permission of instructor.

552 Structural Timber Design (3)

Study of wood properties and design considerations. Design and behavior of beams, columns, beam-columns, and wood fasteners. Analysis and design of structural diaphragms, shear walls, and box beams. (Lec. 3) Pre: 354 or equivalent.

561 Advanced Steel Design (3)

Selected topics in structural steel design following the LRFD specification, including plate buckling and postbuckling, torsion, plate girders, plastic design, frame stability, tall buildings, composite design, and earthquake-resistant design. (Lec. 3) Pre: 460 or permission of instructor.

562 Management of Highway Bridges (3)

Comprehensive systems approach to management of highway bridges. Needs assessment, in-service monitoring and evaluation of bridges. Condition forecasting models and failure analysis. Life-cycle cost and benefit analysis, prioritization and optimization. (Lec. 3) Pre: permission of instructor.

563 Prestressed Concrete (3)

Theory of prestressed concrete including partial losses of prestress and long-term effects due to creep, shrinkage, and steel relaxation. Service and ultimate load evaluation of pre-tensioned and post-tensioned beam elements in flexure, shear, and torsion. Deflection, camber, and crack control evaluation. (Lec. 3) Pre: 465 or equivalent.

564 Advanced Reinforced Concrete (3)

Elastic and ultimate strength theory in flexure, shear, torsion, compression, and serviceability. Behavior and analysis of deep beams, corbels, slender and non-slender columns, biaxial bending, two-way slabs and plates. (Lec. 3) Pre: 465 or equivalent.

565 Structural Dynamics (3)

Simplified models and their equations of motion; analytical solution methods; Fourier analysis; Duhamel integral; nonlinearities; computer-oriented solution algorithms and their implementation. Applications. (Lec. 3) Pre: 453.

568 (or MCE 568) Theory of Plates (3) )

Development of basic plate equations. Classical solution examples of rectangular and circular plates. Additional topics selected from orthotropic plates, large deflections, finite element, and numerical solutions. (Lec. 3) Pre: 220 and MTH 244.

570 Water Chemistry for Engineers (3)

Chemical principles applied to problems in environmental engineering, including water and wastewater treatment, contaminant hydrology, and hazardous waste management. Pre: permission of instructor.

572 Biosystems in Sanitary Engineering (3)

Microorganisms that constitute the biological systems in water pollution, water purification, and wastewater treatment. Application of principles of microbiology and biochemistry to analysis and design in fields of sanitary engineering and water resources. (Lec. 3) Pre: permission of instructor.

573 Theory of Water Purification and Treatment /(3)

Principles of modern water purification and engineering practices. Aeration, deodorization, sterilization, coagulation, filtration, water softening, iron removal, disinfection, and corrosion control. (Lec. 3) Pre: permission of instructor.

575 Open-Channel Hydraulics (3)

Analysis of uniform, critical, varied, and unsteady flow in open channels. Principles will be applied to open-channel design. (Lec. 3) Pre: 370.

577 Environmental Sustainability and Green Engineering (3)

Provides the conceptual, methodological, and scientific basis to understand and reduce the impact of engineering decisions on the environment. Designed for an interdisciplinary audience of engineering graduate students and will provide students with the background and tools necessary to reduce the impacts of design. Pre: permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit in 477.

579 Advanced Soil Mechanics (3)

Physico-chemical properties of soils, hydraulic conductivity, consolidation, and shear strength. (Lec. 3) Pre: 381 or equivalent.

580 Consolidation, Seepage, and Clay Mineralogy (3)

Consolidation of soils, permeability; steady state and transient seepage; stress distributions; clay mineralogy. (Lec. 3) Pre: 381 or equivalent.

581 (or OCE 581) Experimental Geomechanics (3)

Advanced methods and techniques of geotechnical testing. Behavior of granular and cohesive soils with determination of engineering properties. Interpretation, evaluation, and engineering applications of test data. Emphasis on shearing strength, consolidation, bearing capacity, earth pressures, seepage, and slope stability. (Lec. 3) Pre: 381 or equivalent.

582 Seabed Geotechnics

See Ocean Engineering 582.

583 (or OCE 583) Deep Foundations (3)

Applications of soil mechanics principles to analysis and design of piles and drilling shafts under vertical and lateral loading. Static and dynamic load testing. Introduction to ground improvement technologies. (Lec. 3) Pre: 381 or equivalent.

584 Designing with Geosynthetics (3)

Overview of geosynthetic materials, properties, test methods, and current standards. Design methods involving geotextiles, geogrids, geonets, geomembranes, and geocomposites. Applications to problems in geomechanics, geoenvironmental engineering, and transportation-related fields. (Lec. 3) Pre: 381 or equivalent.

585 Soil Dynamics (3)

Vibration characteristics, wave propagation in soils, foundation vibration theory, foundation design for vibrating loads, vibration isolation, blast vibrations, dynamic soil properties, liquefaction potential, vibratory and dynamic compaction, computer applications. (Lec. 3) Pre: credit or concurrent enrollment in 483 or equivalent.

587 Groundwater Flow and Seepage Pressures (3)

Hydrodynamics of fluid flow through porous media. Analytical methods for steady and unsteady seepage in aquifers; theoretical analysis with practical modification of seepage problems involving foundations, drainage structures, earth dams, and dewatering. (Lec. 3) Pre: 381 or equivalent.

588 Groundwater Hydrology (3)

Quantitative methods of groundwater hydrology including determination of aquifer properties and yield. Modeling of groundwater systems for management quantity of water, movement of contaminants, and well design. Field and laboratory measurements. (Lec. 3) Pre: 370 and 381 or equivalent.

591, 592 Special Problems (1-6 each)

Advanced work under supervision of a faculty member arranged to suit individual requirements of the student. (Independent Study) Pre: permission of chairperson.

594 Special Topics in Civil and Environmental Engineering (1-3)

Intensive inquiry into a certain important field of current interest in civil and environmental engineering. (Lec. 1-3) Pre: permission of instructor.

596 Numerical Methods in Structural Engineering (3)

Methods of successive approximations and numerical procedures in the solution of stress, vibration, and stability problems in structural members. Nonuniform members, elastic supports, plates, torsion. (Lec. 3) Pre: permission of instructor.

599 Master’s Thesis Research (1-9)

Number of credits is determined each semester in consultation with the major professor or program committee. (Independent Study) S/U credit.

601, 602 Graduate Seminar (1 each)

Presentations by researchers and practicing professionals covering topics in various areas of civil engineering and related fields. Presentations and discussions of research by graduate students. (Seminar) Required of all full-time graduate students. May be repeated for a maximum of 2 credits. Fall semester: 601; spring semester: 602. Pre: graduate standing. S/U credit.

641 Pavement Evaluation and Rehabilitation (3)

Pavement performance concepts. Criteria for pavement evaluation. Measurement of pavement distress and structural capacity. Analysis and interpretation of pavement evaluation data. Correlation of data with performance ratings. Formulation and evaluation of maintenance and rehabilitation alternatives. (Lec. 3) Pre: 545 or equivalent.

651 Design of Highway Bridges (3)

Design specifications and analysis methods for highway bridges. Loads. Design of steel I-beam bridges, reinforced concrete bridges, and plate girders. Orthotropic analysis. Bridge details and substructure. (Lec. 3) Pre: 561, 465, and 453.

652 Advanced Topics in Bridge Engineering (3)

Load and resistance factor design of prestressed concrete bridges. Analysis and design of segmental concrete bridges using the span-by-span and the cantilever methods of construction. Time dependent effects. Long span bridges. Bridge condition assessment and rating. (Lec. 3) Pre: 651 or permission of instructor.

657 Structural Stability (3)

Introduction; principal forms of equilibrium paths and their stability; conservative elastic systems; buckling of prismatic members; imperfections; plastic deformations; postbuckling of frames and reticulated structures; numerical methods; catastrophe theory. (Lec. 3) Pre: permission of instructor.

667 Structural Reliability (3)

Probabilistic applications in structural analysis and design. Statistical models for forces and material strengths. Component and system structural reliability. Random vibration applications in structural engineering. (Lec. 3) Pre: permission of instructor.

672 Water Pollution Control and Treatment of Wastewater (3)

Wastewater characteristics, effects, and purification in natural water, government control strategies and impacts, cost of control, theory and mathematical concepts of secondary and tertiary treatment process, their limitations, and late developments. (Lec. 3) Pre: one year of chemistry and biology, MTH 243 and CVE 572 or their equivalents, and permission of instructor.

677 Stream and Estuarine Analysis (3)

Fundamentals and mathematical concepts of physical and biological factors applied to the evaluation of the pollution capacity of streams and estuaries. (Lec. 3) Pre: MTH 244.

687 Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering (3)

Seismology and seismicity; surface faulting and ground motion characteristics; response spectra; dynamic soil properties; dynamic response of soil layers, embankments, and slopes; influence of local soil conditions on site response; evaluation of design earthquakes; response analysis. (Lec. 3) Pre: credit or concurrent enrollment in 483 and graduate standing.

688 Marine Geomechanics

See Ocean Engineering 688.

691, 692 Special Problems (1-6 each)

Advanced work under the supervision of a faculty member arranged to suit the individual requirements of the student. (Independent Study) Pre: permission of chairperson. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits.

694 Advanced Special Topics in Civil and Environmental Engineering (1-3)

Intensive inquiry into a certain important field of current interest in civil and environmental engineering, requiring advanced sophistication of a 600-level course. (Lec. 1-3) Pre: permission of instructor.

699 Doctoral Dissertation Research

Number of credits is determined each semester in consultation with the major professor or program committee. (Independent Study) S/U credit.


Top | Previous | Next

e-Campus

You can also view the Course Schedule in e-Campus, where courses can be searched by semester, meeting time, or instructor.