Civil Engineering (CE) Course Descriptions

  • 241 Introduction to Geomatics. 4 hrs. I.

Introduction to methods and tools used to measure, analyze, and present surveying data: horizontal distances, elevation, directions, angles, locations, areas, and volumes on or near the earth’s surface. 4 lec.-4 lab. (Concurrent PR: MTH 229; PR: ENGR 107 and ENGR 111)

  • 312 Structural Analysis. 3 hrs. I.

Force and deflection analysis in determinate and indeterminate structures; influence lines for beams and trusses; dead, live, snow, and wind loads on structures; introduction to computer programs for structural analysis. (PR: ENGR 216; PR or CR: MTH 231)

  • 321 Engineering Materials. 4 hrs. I.

The study of civil engineering materials; metals and alloys, mineral aggregates, cements, concrete and concrete products, bituminous materials, lumber and timber. Laboratory testing of materials. 3 lec.-3 lab. (PR: ENGR 216)

  • 322 Soil Mechanics. 4 hrs. II.

The study of the engineering behavior of soils. Soil compaction, consolidation, settlement, shear strength, lateral earth pressures, bearing capacity and slope stability. Laboratory testing of soil composition and properties. 3 lec.-3 lab. (PR: ENGR 216, GLY 200)

  • 331 Hydraulic Engineering. 3 hrs. II.

Hydraulic flow in pipe networks, water hammer, surge tanks, pumps and turbines. Basic open channel flow. Storm and sanitary sewer design. Dams and reservoirs. 3 lec. (PR: ENGR 318)

  • 342 Transportation Engineering. 3 hrs. II.

Introduction to transportation systems: highway, rail, water, and air transportation; organization and administration; vehicle and human characteristics; rectilinear and curvilinear vehicle motion; location, design and planning of transportation systems. (PR: CE 241)

  • 413 Reinforced Concrete Design. 3 hrs. II.

Theory of reinforced concrete; design using ACI318 working stress and ultimate strength methods; design of beams, one-way slabs, and columns using ultimate strength design; and development lengths and splices. (PR: CE 312, CE 321)

  • 414 Structural Steel Design. 3 hrs. II.

Design of tension members, columns, beams, beamcolumns, and connections using current AISC specifications. Introduction to the design of steel structures. (PR: CE 312)

  • 421 Groundwater & Seepage. 3 hrs.

Fundamentals of groundwater flow; permeability; seepage principles; flownet interpretation; analytical and numerical solutions of confined and unconfined flows; filter design; geofabrics; subsurface drainage; groundwater contamination; disposal systems. (PR: CE 322)

  • 425 Foundation Engineering. 3 hrs. I.

Earth pressure theories and design of earth retaining structures. Design of shallow and deep foundations. Settlement analysis. Slope stability analysis. Soil and site improvement. Subsurface exploration; design project. (PR: CE322)

  • 432 Introduction to Water and Wastewater Treatment. 4 hrs. I.

Environmental laws; water quality and quantity; physical, chemical, and biological treatment of water and wastewater; environmental laboratory techniques. 3 lec. – 3 lab. (PR: ENGR 318, CHM 212)

  • 433 Hydrologic Engineering. 3 hrs. I.

Introduction to the water cycle, including precipitation, evaporation, infiltration, and runoff. Methods of modeling surface runoff, routing, and floodplain analysis. Computerized design of culverts, storm sewers, and watershed modeling. (PR: CE 331)

  • 434 Advanced Water and Wastewater Treatment. 3 hrs. II.

Contemporary practices in sewage disposal and advanced waste treatment. Design of sedimentation units, biological treatment units, disinfection, and advanced waste treatment units. (PR: CE 432)

  • 443 Highway Design. 3 hrs. I.

Highway planning and design, including the study of surveys and plans. Geometric design and horizontal and vertical alignment of interchanges. Drainage, pavements, economics, earthwork and environmental impact of highways. (PR: ENGR 214, CE 241, CE 342)

  • 480-483 Special Topics in Civil Engineering. 1–4 hrs.

Current topics in civil engineering to be selected depending on the interest of students and faculty. (PR: Senior Standing)

Graduate Courses

  • 612 Structural Steel Design and Behavior. 3 hrs.

Principles and methodologies for conceptual and detailed design of steel structures emphasizing LRFD. Topics include behavior and design of hotrolled/cold-formed steel, connections, members, frames, plate girders, and advanced analysis techniques.

  • 614 Advanced Reinforced Concrete Structure Design and Behavior. 3 hrs.

Background of modern reinforced concrete design procedures. Comparison of standard design codes. Review of research on behavior of reinforced concrete structures and projection of future changes in design and construction practices.

  • 615 Finite Element Applications in Civil Engineering. 3 hrs.

FEM theory and basic analysis steps. Structures and elements: trusses, beams, frames and thin-walled. Two dimensional, three dimensional, and axi-symmetric solids, static and dynamic problems, pre-post processing, data interpretation, and advanced modeling techniques.

  • 616 Prestressed Concrete Design. 3 hrs.

Design of prestressed concrete structures, methods and losses. Design for flexure, shear torsion, camber, deflections, continuity, connections, fire rating, and review of research and projection to changes in construction practices.

  • 618 Bridge Engineering. 3 hrs.

An overview of design of highway bridges, and an introduction to maintenance of highway bridges, including the history of bridge engineering, types, design rules, loads, inspection, rating, preventive maintenance and aesthetics. (PR: CE 616 and advisor approval)

  • 634 Traffic Engineering. 3 hrs.

Design and application of signs, markings and signals. Timing of isolated and interconnected signals, speed regulation, one-way streets, capacity and analysis of highway facilities.

  • 635 Evaluation of Transportation Systems. 3 hrs.

Concepts of transportation economic analysis, transportation costs and benefits, needs studies, finance and taxation, methods of evaluation of plans and projects and environmental impact assessment.

  • 636 Transportation Planning. 3 hrs.

Techniques used to plan urban transportation systems, data collection, trip generation, trip distribution, mode choice, traffic assignment, modeling, evaluation techniques and travel demand modeling.

  • 637 Highway Safety Engineering. 3 hrs.

Traffic safety studies including crash analysis, control and geometry improvements, hazard and counter measured identification, before-and-after studies, data collection and computer tools for highway safety and traffic evaluation.

  • 638 Pavement Design. 3 hrs.

Design of highway pavement systems, subgrades, subbases and bases, soil stabilization, flexible and rigid pavements, cost analysis and pavement selection, traffic data collection, drainage, earthwork, pavement evaluation and maintenance.

  • 650-652 Special Topics. 3 hrs.

Formal study of civil engineering topics of current interest. (PR: advisor approval)

  • 699 Civil Engineering Research. 1-6 hrs.

Directed research in fields of study relevant to civil engineering including transportation, structural analysis, environmental engineering and engineering management. A limit of six semester hours credit may be applied toward the MSE degree with permission of the student’s advisor. (PR:Advisor approval)