Civil EngineeringLakshmi N. Reddi, Head
Professors Mathews, Reddi, Russell, and Stokes; Associate Professors Hossain, Melhem, and Najjar; Assistant Professors Bhandari, Peric, Peterman, Rasheed, Romanoschi, Starrett, and Steward; Emeriti: Professors Cooper, Hu, McCormick, Smith, Snell, Swartz, and Williams.
Civil engineering is the engineering of constructed facilities and systems. Because civil engineering is broad in scope, many civil engineers develop specialties within the broad field. The civil engineering department offers four options within the B.S. in civil engineering degree.
The civil engineering program educational objectives enable graduates to: demonstrate an understanding of basic sciences, engineering sciences, and mathematics; demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles associated with the five engineering areas included in our program: environmental, geotechnical, structural, transportation/materials, and water resources/hydraulic engineering; be able to apply the methodologies of current design practice; demonstrate proficiency in technical communication; demonstrate an ability to work in a team environment; demonstrate an understanding of professional practice issues; be prepared to engage in life-long learning; understand the impact of engineering practice in the social, economic, and political arenas.
Water resourcesdesign and construction of reservoirs, canal systems, and dams for flood control, irrigation, power, and water supply.
Geotechnicalfoundations for structures, earth embankments, retaining walls and bulkheads, and pavements for highways and airports.
Environmentalprotection of public health and environmental quality through planning and designing facilities for water treatment and distribution; wastewater, solid and hazardous wastes collection, treatment, and disposal; and air pollution control.
Transportationplanning, design, and construction of highways, railways, airports, and urban mass transit systems.
Structuresdesign and construction of a variety of buildings and bridges, as well as the structural framing of aircraft, ships, and space vehicles.
Students choosing the general option can fulfill the requirements for a B.S. in civil engineering by following the course curriculum as well as the following selection of courses:
This option allows students to obtain a B.S. in civil engineering while preparing more specifically for employment in the construction industry.
Students choosing the construction engineering option can fulfill the requirements for a B.S. in civil engineering by following the course curriculum listed for civil engineering as well as the following selection of courses:
This option allows students to obtain a B.S. in civil engineering while preparing more specifically for career opportunities with firms and governmental agencies actively engaged in environmental engineering practice.
Students choosing the environmental option can fulfill the requirements for a B.S. in civil engineering by following the course curriculum listed for civil engineering as well as the following selection of courses:
This option allows students to obtain a B.S. in civil engineering while preparing more specifically for employment in the structural engineering area.
Students choosing the structural option can fulfill the requirements for a B.S. in civil engineering by following the course curriculum listed for civil engineering as well as the following selection of courses:
Bachelor of science in civil engineering
130 hours required for graduation
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**Humanities and social science electives must be selected from the official College of Engineering list. Advisors should be consulted to assure that the College of Engineering UGE requirements are also met (see University General Education section in the engineering portion of this catalog). The electives need not be taken during the semester shown in the curriculum.
***Option electives are to be selected in consultation with the student's faculty advisor to satisfy the requirements of the option the student has chosen. One course from either the engineering materials or circuits, fields, and electronics engineering science group is required in the general option.
****Civil engineering electives are to be selected from the list approved by the department to satisfy option requirements.
Civil engineering courses
CE 101. Introduction to Civil Engineering. (1) II. Introduction to careers in civil engineering (environmental, geotechnical, structures, transportation, and water resources). Overview of CE educational requirements. History of the CE profession. Engineering ethics. One hour rec. a week.
CE 212. Elementary Surveying Engineering. (3) I, II. Coordinates, directions, distances, and elevation. Traverses. Boundary surveys. Leveling. National rectangular coordinate systems. Property descriptions: public land subdivision and metes and bounds. Topographic surveys. Surveying, planning, and estimating. Two hour lec. and three hours lab a week. Pr.: MATH 150.
CE 231. Statics A. (3) I, II. Composition and resolution of forces; equilibrium of force systems; application of the principles of statics to problems, including force analyses of simple structures. Centroids; moments of inertia. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: PHYS 113 and MATH 220 or conc.: MATH 211.
CE 322. Soil and Foundation Construction. (3) II. The origin, distribution, and predictable variation of soil; soil testing and mechanics as applied to practical problems; soil investigations; foundation types, application and construction; ground water, drainage, and dewatering; earth moving including stable cuts in embankments. Not open to engineering students. Two hours rec. and three hours lab a week. Pr. or conc.: GEOL 100.
CE 332. Strength of Materials A Laboratory. (1) I, II. Tests to determine the physical properties of various structural materials. Analysis and interpretation of test data. Three hours lab a week. Pr.: ENGL 120 or 100 with grade of A or B, and one course in graphics. Pr. or conc.: CE 331.
CE 333. Statics. (3) I, II, S. Composition and resolution of forces; equilibrium of force systems; application of general laws of statics to engineering problems, including use of vector algebra, friction and force analyses of simple structures, cables, and machine elements; center of gravity; moments of inertia. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: MATH 221 and PHYS 213.
CE 380. Computer Applications in Civil Engineering. (1) I,II. Application of computers to problems in civil engineering, including programming. Use of software packages for report preparation, graphics generation, spreadsheet analysis, and data management. One hour rec. and two hours lab a week. Pr.: MATH 221 and NE 385. Conc.: STAT 490.
CE 411. Route Location and Design. (4) I, II. Transportation systems; highway location and the geometric design of streets and highways considering the driver-vehicle- roadway system characteristics; curves and earthwork; surveying pertaining to the alignment of highways and railways. Two hours rec. and six hours lab a week. Pr.: CE 212, MATH 221, and PHYS 213.
CE 499. Honors Research in Civil Engineering. (Var.) I, II. Individual research problem selected with approval of faculty advisor. Open to students in the College of Engineering honors program. A report is presented orally and in writing during the last semester.
CE 522. Soil Mechanics I. (3) I, II. Identification, classification, and engineering properties of soils; theory and application of consolidation, compressibility, and strength of soils; ground water retention and movement; slope stability and lateral earth pressures; stress distribution in soil. Two hours rec. and three hours lab a week. Pr.: CE 533.
CE 528. Foundation Engineering. (3) I. Prediction of soil variation; soil investigations; stress distribution and bearing capacity; dewatering analysis and procedures; retaining structures and lateral earth pressures; shallow foundations, pile foundations; underpinning and grouting. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: CE 522. Pr. or conc.: CE 544.
CE 530. Statics and Dynamics. (3) I, II. A shortened combined course in (1) statics, including a study of force systems, free-body diagrams, and problems in equilibrium, friction, centroids, and moments of inertia; and (2) dynamics, including a study of the kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies using the methods of force-mass acceleration, work-energy, and impulse-momentum. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: MATH 222 and PHYS 213.
CE 533. Mechanics of Materials. (3) I, II. Elementary theories of stress and strain, behavior of materials, and applications of these theories and their generalizations to the study of stress distribution, deformation, and instability in the simple structural forms that occur most frequently in engineering practice. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: CE 333 or 530. Pr. or conc.: Math 222.
CE 534. Mechanics of Materials Laboratory. (1) I, II. Determination of selected mechanical properties of several engineering materials, including iron-carbon alloys, aluminum alloys, concrete, wood, and plastics; relationship between structure and mechanical properties of these materials; elementary problems in experimental stress analysis and structural behavior; test procedures, instrumentation, and interpretation of results. One hour lab instruction and two hours lab a week. Pr. or conc.: CE 533.
CE 537. Introduction to Structural Analysis. (3) I, II. Elastic analysis of determinate and indeterminate beams, frames, and trusses; construction of shear and moment diagrams and influence lines; calculation of deflections using conjugate beam and virtual work; solution of indeterminate structures by consistent deformation, slope-deflection, moment distribution, and matrix stiffness method; with microcomputer applications. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: CE 533. Pr. or conc.: CE 380.
CE 542. Structural Engineering in Steel. (3) II. Introduction to design of steel structures. Theoretical, experimental, and practical bases for proportioning members and their connections. Two hours rec. and three hours lab a week. Pr.: CE 537.
CE 544. Structural Engineering in Concrete. (3) I. A study of the theories of reinforced concrete and of its characteristics as a construction material; design of reinforced concrete structures. Two hours rec. and three hours lab a week. Pr.: CE 537.
CE 552. Hydraulic Engineering. (3) II. Applications of the principles of fluid mechanics to control and use of water; reservoir, dam, and spillway design; enclosed conduit and open-channel design; hydraulic machinery and hydro-power development; principles of fluid measurement; laboratory-flow and velocity metering, hydraulic models, pipe losses, open-channel flow. Two hours rec. and three hours lab a week. Pr.: ME 571. Pr. or conc.: CE 551.
CE 553. Hydrologic Methods Laboratory. (1) I, II. Application of hydrologic methods and computational techniques in design; data analysis and presentation; rainfall and flood frequency analysis; rainfall-runoff; hydrograph generation and flood routing; design of small reservoirs. Three hours lab a week. Pr.: CE 380 or BAE 200. Pr. or conc.: CE 551 or BAE 551.
CE 560. Activity Center Traffic Analysis. (3) Intersession. The planning and design of any activity center (shopping mall, business center, sports stadium) must consider vehicular access/egress and parking. If not properly planned and designed, the impact on the surrounding streets and the center can be chaotic. The course will cover techniques of determing parking needs, parking layout, internal and external circulation design, and design of access/egress and the adjacent street system to minimize the impact on the surrounding street network. A major design project will be required. Pr.: Junior standing.
CE 563. Environmental Engineering Fundamentals. (3) I, II. Basic physical, chemical, and biological concepts and their applications to the protection of the environment with emphasis on techniques used in water and wastewater treatment. Two hours rec. and three hours lab a week. Pr.: CHM 230 and MATH 222.
CE 565. Water and Wastewater Engineering. (3) II. Design of water supply and waste treatment control facilities, including collection, storage, and treatment systems. Two hours rec. and three hours lab a week. Pr.: CE 563, PHYS 214, and ME 571. Pr. or conc.: CE 552.
CE 570. Transportation Planning. (3) Intersession. Fundamentals of transportation planning. Historical development and current status of techniques used in travel demand forecasting; trip generation, trip distribution, mode choice, and traffic assignment. Current microcomputer models and applications. Pr.: CE 380 or equivalent and junior standing.
CE 572. Highway Engineering and Management. (3) I. Applications of the principles of highway planning, design, and capacity analysis techniques to analyze, design, and maintain street and highway systems. Assessment of the impact of activity center development or redevelopment on the surrounding surface transportation system. Two hours rec. and three hours lab a week. Pr.: CE 411 and 522.
CE 580. AI Applications in Civil Engineering. (2) Intersession. A review of the available techniques in artificial intelligence and a survey of applications in the different areas of civil engineering (structures, transportation/materials, geotechnical, hydraulics/water resources, and environmental engineering). Knowledge representation, inference mechanisms, system development and evaluation, object-oriented programming. Use of expert system shells, neural networks, and fuzzy logic. Hands-on applications on microcomputers in the MS-Windows environment. Three hours rec. for 10 days. Afternoon lab hours additional in computer laboratory. Pr.: CE 380.
CE 585. Civil Engineering Project. (3) I, II. A comprehensive civil engineering project to be taken in the last semester of the B.S. program. Requires integration of skills acquired in civil engineering elective courses. Students must prepare and present written and oral design reports. One hour rec. and two three-hour labs a week. Pr.: ENGL 415 and 6 hours of CE electives. Pr. or conc.: Six additional credit hours of CE electives.
Undergraduate and graduate credit
CE 654. Design of Groundwater Flow Systems. (3) I. Introduction to fundamental, mathematical, and physical concepts of groundwater flow; application of simple analytic models; introduction to field methods; application of computer modeling tools to address design with practical significance. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: ME 571.
CE 663. Unit Operations and Processes in Environmental Engineering. (2) II, in alternate years. A laboratory study of various physical, chemical, and biological operations and processes used in the professional practice of environmental engineering. Topics covered will be selected from reactor hydrodynamics, oxidation-reduction, coagulation-flocculation, chemical precipitation, ion exchange, adsorption processes, biological oxidation, anaerobic digestion, and the activated-sludge process. Six hours lab per week. Pr. or conc.: CE 565 and CE 552.
CE 680. Economics of Design and Construction. (3) II. Selection of alternative engineering design and construction solutions through study of unit cost determination, cost estimating, and financing procedures. Introduction to construction scheduling. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: Senior standing in engineering or graduate standing for nonengineering majors.
CE 686. Regional Planning Engineering. (3) I. Engineering problems involved in regional planning; the design and location of streets and highways, water supply and sanitary facilities, drainage and public utilities; rights-of-way and easement. Two hours rec. and three hours lab a week. Pr.: Senior standing in engineering or graduate standing in regional and community planning.
CE 690. Selected Topics in Civil Engineering. (Var.) I, II, S. Pr.: Approval of instructor.
CE 718. Engineering Photo Interpretation. (3) II. Photo interpretation techniques, types of aerial photographic film and their uses; application in land use studies, land surveying, site selection, rainfall runoff and stream flow, location of construction materials, and in the determination of soil properties; other applications. Two hours rec. and three hours lab a week. Pr.: Senior standing and consent of instructor.
CE 723. Designing with Geosynthetics. (3) II, in alternate years. History of geosynthetics; overview of geosynthetic functions, applications, and properties; relationship between testing and applications. Designing with geotextiles, geogrids, geonets, geomembranes, geosynthetic clay liners, and geocomposites. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: CE 522.
CE 725. Seepage in Permeable Materials. (3) I. In alternate years. Analysis of seepage; groundwater movement in slopes, embankments, dams, and earth-supporting structures; construction of flow nets; dewatering systems; filter and drain design. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: CE 522 and CE 552.
CE 728. Advanced Geotechnical Design. (3) II. Advanced studies of soil investigations; design of retaining structures and reinforced earth walls, sheet piles, anchored bulkheads, underground conduits and tunnels; analysis and repair of failed structures. Two hours rec. and three hours lab a week. Pr.: CE 528.
CE 732. Advanced Structural Analysis I. (3) I. Classical methods of analysis of statically indeterminate structures; deflections and influence lines for indeterminate structures; analysis of space frames and trusses. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: CE 537.
CE 741. Civil Engineering Materials II. (3) II. Advanced study of civil engineering materials including concrete, steel, and bituminous concrete. Two hours rec. and three hours lab a week. Pr.: CE 641 and CHE 350.
CE 751. Hydraulics of Open Channels. (3) I. Properties of open-channel flow; types of open channels; conservation of mass, momentum, and energy; critical, uniform, and gradually varied flow; design of erodible channels; rapidly varied flow. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: CE 552.
CE 752. Advanced Hydrology. (3) I. Review of basic principles; point and regional rainfall and flood frequency analyses; hydrologic and hydraulic flood routing; drainage and flood control facilities design; hydrologic modeling and simulation; flood plain analysis and planning. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: CE 551.
CE 771. Urban Transportation Analysis. (3) II. Origin-destination surveys, land-use inventories, parking and transit studies; arterial street standards and operating characteristics, coordination of city planning. Two hours rec. and three hours lab a week. Pr.: CE 572 or consent of instructor.
CE 773. Hot Mix Asphalt Mixture Design and Construction. (3) II, in alternate years. An in-depth study of the properties of constituent materials for asphalt concrete mixtures. Marshall and Superpave methods for hot-mix asphalt design. Theory and practice of asphalt concrete mix for pavements, including specifications and construction methods for hot-mixes and surface treatments. Maintenance and rehabilitation of flexible pavements. Relationships of material engineering properties to pavement design and performance. One two-hour lec. and one three-hour lab session a week. Pr.: CE 641.
CE 774. Pavement Design. (3) I. On sufficient demand. Methods of evaluating the load-carrying capacity of soil subgrade, subbase, and base courses; critical analysis of the methods of design for flexible and rigid pavements; methods of increasing the load-carrying capacity of highway and airport pavements. Two hours rec. and three hours lab a week. Pr.: CE 522.
CE 775. Traffic Engineering I. (3) II. Traffic operations of roads, streets, and highways; traffic engineering studies; use of signs, signals, and pavement markings as traffic control devices; highway and intersection capacity, design, and operation of traffic signals; current microcomputer models and applications. Two hours rec. and three hours lab a week. Pr.: CE 572.
CE 776. Pavement Performance and Management Systems. (3) I, in alternate years. Pavement management systems including pavement condition and structural evaluation, analysis, and optimization. Economic analysis and rehabilitation planning including computer applications. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: CE 572.
CE 790. Problems in Civil Engineering. (Var.) I, II, S. Pr.: Approval of instructor.