Master of Engineering, Civil and Environmental

Civil Engineering Courses


CE 5122 (3 Credits) Advanced Mechanics of Materials

Stress and strain, combined stress, and theories of failure. Torsion of non-circular sections. Shear center, unsymmetrical bending, curved flexural members, and beams on elastic foundations. Energy methods.


CE 5124 (3 Credits) Applied Elasticity

Theory of elasticity; two-dimensional solutions of beams, wedges, disks, and rings under load; stress concentrations; strain-energy methods; torsion of bars; stresses in bodies of revolution.


CE 5126 (3 Credits) Plates and Shells

Stresses and deformations in flat plates and curved shells; bending of circular and rectangular plates; energy methods; buckling; shells of revolution.


CE 5128 (3 Credits) Elastic Stability

Buckling of elastic and inelastic columns; lateral buckling of beams; buckling of plates, rings and tubes; stability of frames.


CE 5130 (3 Credits) Numerical Methods in Civil Engineering

Solution of linear and nonlinear systems of equations and algebraic eigenvalue problems. Interpolation, numerical integration, and regression. Ordinary and partial differential equations by finite difference method. Computer programming.


CE 5140 (3 Credits) Classical Structural Analysis

Classical indeterminate analysis, displacement analysis, consistent deformations, energy methods, elastic center and column analogy, slope-deflection, moment and shear distribution, second order effects.


CE 5150 (3 Credits) Structural Vibrations

Vibrating systems; application to design; discrete and continuous systems, free and forced vibrations; response to periodic and non-periodic loads; analytical and numerical techniques; earthquake loading; response spectra.


CE 5151 (3 Credits) Experimental Structural Dynamics

Characteristics of random data; vibration test hardware; data acquisition and analysis; and experimental modal analysis and system identification. Laboratory experiments will be used to enhance understanding of taught concepts.


CE 5160 (3 Credits) Matrix Analysis of Structures

Matrix methods; force and displacement methods; energy principles; analysis of indeterminate structures, rigid frames, trusses and grids; settlement of supports, lack of fit, and temperature stresses; computer programming.


CE 5162 (3 Credits) Applied Finite Element Analysis

Structural engineering applications using plane stress, plane strain, plate and solid finite elements. Applications using available programs.


CE 5163 (3 Credits) Fracture Mechanics

This course focuses on fundamental concepts and applications of fracture mechanics. Topics include linear elastic fracture mechanics, elastic plastic fracture mechanics, computational fracture mechanics, fracture mechanisms in metals and non-metals, fracture testing, dynamic and time-dependent fracture, fatigue crack growth, interfacial fracture, fracture in advanced materials, and engineering applications.


CE 5164 (3 Credits) Finite Element Methods in Applied Mechanics I

Formulation of finite elements methods for linear static analysis. Development of two and three dimensional continuum elements, axisymmetric elements, plate and shell elements, and heat transfer elements. Evaluation of basic modeling principles including convergence and element distortion. Applications using commercial finite element programs. Course Equivalents: ME 5520


CE 5166 (3 Credits) Finite Element Methods in Applied Mechanics II

Formulation of finite elements methods for modal and transient analysis. Development of implicit and explicit transient algorithms. Stability and accuracy analysis. Formulation of finite element methods for material and geometric nonlinearities. Development of nonlinear solution algorithms. Applications using commercial finite element code. Course Equivalents: ME 5521


CE 5210 (3 Credits) Environmental Engineering Chemistry – I

Quantitative variables governing chemical behavior in environmental systems. Thermodynamics and kinetics of acid/base coordination, precipitation/dissolution, and redox reactions. Course Equivalents: ENVE 5210


CE 5211 (3 Credits) Environmental Engineering Chemistry – II

Environmental organic chemistry: ideal and regular solution thermodynamics; linear free energy relations; estimation of vapor pressure, solubility, and partitioning behavior, abiotic organic compound transformations; chemical fate modeling. Course Equivalents: ENVE 5211 Prerequisite: CE 5210 or ENVE 5210


CE 5220 (3 Credits) Transportation& Air Quality

Mobile source emissions models in theory and practice. Regulatory framework. Emissions control technology. Field and laboratory measurement techniques. Roadway dispersion modeling. Current topics in mobile source emissions. Course Equivalents: ENVE 5220


CE 5221 (3 Credits) Transport and Transformation of Air Pollutants

Transport and deposition of gaseous and aerosol pollutants; chemical formation and reactions of oxidants and acidic compounds. Course Equivalents: ENVE 5221 Prerequisite: CE 5210 or ENVE 5210


CE 5240 (3 Credits) Biodegradation and Bioremediation

Biochemical basis of the transformation of key organic and inorganic pollutants; quantitative description of kinetics and thermodynamics of pollutant transformation; impact of physiochemical and ecological factors on biotransformation. Components: Lecture Course Equivalents: ENVE 5240 Requirement Group: Prerequisite: CE 5210 or ENVE 5210, and CE 5211 or ENVE 5211 (RG237).


CE 5250 (3 Credits) Environmental Physicochemical Processes

Reactor dynamics, applications of interfacial phenomena and surface chemistry, processes for separation and destruction of dissolved and particulate contaminants. Scholarly reviews. Course Equivalents: ENVE 5251


CE 5251 (3 Credits) Environmental Biochemical Processes

Major biochemical reactions; stoichiometric and kinetic description; suspended and attached growth modeling; engineered biotreatment systems for contaminant removal from aqueous, gaseous, and solid streams; process design. Course Equivalents: ENVE 5311


CE 5252 (3 Credits) Contaminant Source Remediation

Regulatory framework. Soil clean-up criteria. Treatment technologies: soil vapor extraction, solidification – stabilization, soil washing – chemical extraction, hydrolosis – dehalogenation, thermal processes, bioremediation, Risk analysis. Course Equivalents: ENVE 5252 Prerequisite: CE 5250 or ENVE 5231, and CE 5251 or ENVE 5311 (RG236).


CE 5253 (3 Credits) Ground Water Assessment and Remediation

Quantitative evaluation of field data in assessing nature and extent of groundwater contamination. Subsurface control and remediation. Case studies. Course Equivalents: ENVE 5250

CE 5310 (3 Credits) Environmental Transport Phenomena

Movement and fate of chemicals: interfacial processes and exchange rates in environmental matrices. Course Equivalents: ENVE 5310


CE 5320 (3 Credits) Environmental Quantitative Methods

Topics on natural resources and environmental data analysis: random variables and probability distributions, parameter estimation and Monte Carlo simulation, hypothesis testing, simple regression and curve fitting, wavelet analysis, factor analysis; formulation and classification of optimization problems with/without constraints, linear programming; models for time series; solution of ordinary differential equations with Laplace transforms and Euler integration; solution of partial differential equations with finite differences; basics of modeling. Course Equivalents: ENVE 5320


CE 5330 (3 Credits) Probabilistic Methods in Engineering Systems

Common probabilistic models used in engineering and physical science design, prediction, and operation problems; derived distributions, multivariate stochastic models, and estimation of model parameters; analysis of data, model building and hypothesis testing; uncertainty analysis. Course Equivalents: ENVE 5330


CE 5340 (3 Credits) Environmental Systems Modeling

Modeling pollutants in natural surface waters. Advective, dispersive, and advective-dispersive systems. Modeling water quality, toxic organic and heavy metals pollution. Course Equivalents: ENVE 5340


CE 5370 (3 Credits) Environmental Monitoring

Introduction to complexities and challenges associated with acquisition of information on environmental processes and characteristics of natural systems. Hands-on experience with selection of measurement strategy and sensing technology; sampling network and protocol design; and deployment, acquisition and interpretation of measurements in natural systems. Course Equivalents: ENVE 5370


CE 5380 (3 Credits) Bridge Structures

Steel, reinforced concrete, prestressed concrete, and girder, box girder bridges; curved bridges; loadings; durability; fatigue; vibrations. Design project.


CE 5381 (3 Credits) Subsurface Contaminant Transport Modeling

Fate and transport of contaminants in groundwater. Convection, dispersion, adsorption, and biological and radioactive decay. Field scale modeling. Galerkin finite elements. Application to field sites. Course Equivalents: ENVE 5381


CE 5541 (3 Credits) Advanced Soil Mechanics

Introduction of soil as a multi-phase material, brief overview of origin and mineralogy of soil; stress and strain analysis in soil; soil compression and consolidation, soil shear strength; common laboratory and in situ tests pertaining to soil strength and stiffness; introduction to critical state soil mechanics; discussion and analysis of relevant case histories.


CE 5543 (3 Credits) Advanced Foundation Design

Soil behavior in retaining systems, shallow foundations, deep foundations.


CE 5544 (3 Credits) Geosynthetics in Geotechnical Design

The properties of geotextiles, geomembranes, geocomposites, and geogrids and their use in road construction, retaining structures, drainage, hazardous waste sites, etc. Design, testing and selection.


CE 5545 (3 Credits) Earth Structures

Embankments, earth dams, earth and rock slopes, consolidation, vertical drains, soft deposits, landslides, subsurface investigations.


CE 5546 (3 Credits) Ground Water Flow and Drainage

Permeability, flow nets, ground water flow and filter design, excavation dewatering, foundation drains, slope stabilization, highway drainage.


CE 5547 (3 Credits) Soil Behavior

Clay mineralogy and interfacial properties, electro-osmosis, thixotrophy, shear strength, consolidation, permeability, frost heave, and swelling.


CE 5548 (3 Credits) Soil Settlement and Consolidation

Settlement predictions, theories of consolidation, secondary compression, numerical solutions, analysis of field data.


CE 5549 (3 Credits) Soil Shear Strength

Failure theories for particulate media, plastic equilibrium, laboratory testing and interpretation.


CE 5570 (3 Credits) Bituminous Materials

Properties, performance and design of bituminous materials for highway and airport paving; physical and chemical properties of binders; testing methods; specifications; production and construction.


CE 5610 (3 Credits) Advanced Reinforced Concrete Structures

Behavior and design of reinforced concrete for flexure, shear, torsion, bond, and axial loads; two way slabs; beam-column joints; general flexure theory; seismic considerations; review of design specifications.


CE 5620 (3 Credits) Advanced Steel Structures

Behavior, stability and design of steel columns, beams, beam-columns, plates, bracing, frames; torsional behavior; fatigue and brittle fracture; review of design specifications.


CE 5630 (3 Credits) Wood Design

Physical and mechanical properties of wood. Behavior of wood beams, columns, beam columns, connectors and fasteners; introduction to plywood and glued-laminated members; analysis and design of structural diaphragms and shear walls.


CE 5640 (3 Credits) Prestressed Concrete Structures

Analysis, design, and behavior of pretensioned and post-tensioned concrete; simple and continuous span structures; time dependent behavior; review of design specifications.

CE 5710 (3 Credits) Program Director Consent Required Case Studies in Transportation Engineering

Analysis of transportation case studies in transportation design, and transportation and land use planning. Application of transportation engineering and planning skills. Oral and written group reports, group discussions, individual papers. Not open to students who have passed CE 4710.


CE 5720 (3 Credits) Highway Engineering – Design

Urban street and highway design: vertical and horizontal alignment, cross-section elements, traffic barriers, interchanges and intersections, pedestrian and bike facilities, traffic calming, community and roadside elements.


CE 5730 (3 Credits) Transportation Planning

Transportation economics, urban transportation planning process, local area traffic management, evaluation of transportation improvements, land use and transportation interaction.

CE 5740 (3 Credits) Traffic Engineering Characteristics

Relationships among traffic flow characteristics; microscopic and macroscopic representations of traffic flow; capacity of highways; traffic stream models; shock wave analysis; queuing analysis; traffic simulation.


CE 5750 (3 Credits) Pavement Design

Analysis and design of flexible and rigid pavements; testing and characterization of paving materials.


CE 5810 (3 Credits) Hydrometeorology

Global dynamics of aquatic distribution and circulation. Hydrologic cycle, atmospheric circulation, precipitation, interception, storage, infiltration, overland flow, distributed hydrologic modeling, and stream routing. Course Equivalents: ENVE 5810


CE 5811 (3 Credits) Hydroclimatology

This course focuses on the physical principles underlying the spatial and temporal variability of hydrological processes. Topics include atmospheric physics and dynamics controlling the water/energy budgets; global water cycle, its dynamics, and causes of variability/changes; occurrence of drought and flood; climate teleconnections and their hydrological application; hydrological impact of global changes; quantitative methods in hydroclimatic analysis. Course Equivalents: ENVE 5811


CE 5812 (3 Credits) Ecohydrology

This course focuses on the interactions between ecological processes and the water cycle, emphasizing the hydrological mechanisms underlying various terrestrial ecological patterns and the ecological properties controlling the hydrologic and climatic regimes. Topics include conceptual understanding of hydrological cycle over vegetated land, quantifying and modeling flux exchanges in the soil-vegetation-atmosphere continuum, case studies on the hydrological impact of land use land cover changes, ecosystem response to environmental changes, and vegetation-climate feedback at the regional and global scales. Course Equivalents: ENVE 5812


CE 5820 (3 Credits) Unsaturated Flow and Transport

Modern approaches to water flow and solute transport in partially-saturated porous media including media characterization (review); unsaturated flow in porous media (governing equations, hydraulic functions, numerical and analytical solution methods); solute transport in unsaturated media (convection dispersion, transfer functions, solutions); modeling and observational scales; coupled water flow and solute transport (model applications); special topics (preferential flow, effects of spatial variability, stochastic aspects of flow and transport, gas exchange and transport measurement methods) Course Equivalents: ENVE 5820


CE 5821 (3 Credits) Vadose Zone Hydrology

Theoretical and experimental elements of primary physical and hydrological properties of porous media and processes occurring in partially-saturated soils. Practical experience in measurement and interpretation of hydrological information and methods of analysis for vadose-zone related environmental problems. Course Equivalents: ENVE 5821


CE 5830 (3 Credits) Groundwater Flow Modeling

Basics of modeling with Finite Difference and Finite Element Methods. Modeling flow in saturated and unsaturated zones. Model calibration and validation. Parameter estimation. Treatment of heterogeneity. Basic geostatistics. Modeling surface-groundwater interactions. Application to field sites. Course Equivalents: ENVE 5830 Prerequisite: CE 5253 or ENVE 5250 (RG239).


CE 5840 (3 Credits) Open Channel Hydraulics

Unsteady, nonuniform flow; energy and momentum concepts; flow control; de St. Venant equations; unsteady flow modeling of channels and natural rivers. Course Equivalents: ENVE 5840


CE 5841 (3 Credits) River Mechanics Erosion and sedimentation, physical properties of sediment, dimensional analysis, mechanics of sediment laden flows, particle motion, incipient motion, bedforms, bed load, suspended load.


CE 6730 (3 Credits) Travel Demand Forecasting

Alternative formulations and calibration of trip generation, trip distribution and travel mode choice prediction models. Traffic network equilibrium and assignment.


CE 6740 (3 Credits) Traffic Engineering Operations

Driver, pedestrian and vehicle operating characteristics. Traffic data collection. Accident and safety analysis. Highway capacity analysis. Traffic signs and markings. Traffic signal timing and operation. Traffic management.


CE 6810 (3 Credits) Advanced Fluid Mechanics I

Dimensional analysis; vector analysis, circulation and vorticity; irrotational motion and velocity potential; two-dimensional flow and stream function; complex variable theory; conformal mapping; airfoils; sources and sinks; free streamline flow; water waves; three-dimensional flow. Course Equivalents: ENVE 6810


CE 6811 (3 Credits) Advanced Fluid Mechanics II

Turbulent boundary layer . Dimensional analysis. Free shear flows. Flows in pipes and channels. Boundary layers on smooth and rough surfaces. Course Equivalents: ENVE 6811


CE 6820 (3 Credits) Hydraulic Machinery and Transients

Pumps and turbines. Surging, water hammer, cavitation, hydraulic machinery for hydroelectric plants, water supply, irrigation, and river navigation. Course Equivalents: ENVE 6820


CE 6821 (3 Credits) Hydraulic Structures

River regulation and development. Hydroelectric plants, storage and turbines, canals, locks, and penstocks, dams, regulation of power, flood control, navigation and irrigation. Course Equivalents: ENVE 6821


CE 6830 (3 Credits) The Flood Problem

Flood hazards. Preventing or alleviating damages. Flood frequency analysis. Effect of land-use/land-cover and soil moisture on flooding. Remote sensing in flood prediction. Flood and dam-break modeling. Multiple purpose projects.

Flood hazards. Preventing or alleviating damages. Flood frequency analysis. Effect of land-use/land-cover and soil moisture on flooding. Remote sensing in flood prediction. Flood and dam-break modeling. Multiple purpose projects.

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Ends On September 12, 2017