Civil EngineeringLakshmi N. Reddi, Head
Professors Hossain, Mathews, Melhem, Najjar, Reddi, and Stokes; Associate Professors Bhandari, Peterman, Starrett, and Steward; Assistant Professors Dissanayake, Esmaeily, Peric, Rasheed, and Romanoschi; Emeriti: Professors Cooper, Hu, Russell, 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 educational objectives of the civil engineering programs ensure that students will become technically competent for the practice of civil engineering, will become knowledgeable of the natural and social context of the practice of civil engineering, will become critical thinkers and effective communicators, and will become engineers with high standards of professional ethics.
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.
General option requirements
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:
CE 015. Engineering Assembly. (0) I, II.
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. Transverses. Boundary surveys. Leveling. National rectangular coordinate systems. Property descriptions: public land subdivision and metes and bounds. Topographic surveys. Surveying, planning, and estimating. Two hours lec. and three hours lab a week. Pr.: MATH 150.
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 331. Strength of Materials A. (3) I, II. Behavior of materials subjected to tension, compression, shear, and bending; design of beams and columns. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: CE 231.
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 411. Route Location and Design. (3) II. Highway location and the geometric design of highways considering the driver-vehicle-roadway system characteristics; curves and earthwork; and surveying pertaining to the alignment of highways. Two hours rec. and three 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 method of force-mass-acceleration. 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 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 550. Water Resources engineering. (3). I. Introduction to: suface water hydrology, design of water handling structures, flood protection, pipe flow hydraulics, pump selection, and flow in soils. Two hours rec. and three hours lab a week. BAE 530 equivalent credit. Pr.: STAT 490 and PHYS 213.
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 550.
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 treat-ment. Two hours rec. and three hours lab a week. Pr.: CHM 230 and MATH 222.
CE 572. Highway Engineering, Planning and Management. (3) I. Applications of the principles of traffic engineering and capacity analysis techniques to analyze, design, and maintain street and highway systems. Fundamentals of transportation planning; site planning and design; traffic impact studies; fundamentals of pavement design and management. Two hours rec. and three hours lab a week. Pr.: CE 411 and 522 or consent of instructor.
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 641. Civil Engineering Materials I. (3) I. Properties and behavior of structural metals, timber, portland cement concrete, and bituminous concrete; standard specifications and methods of test; inspection and control; long-term protection and durability. Two hours rec. and three hours lab a week. Pr.: CE 534 and ENGL 415. Pr. or conc.: either CE 528 or 542 or 544.
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 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 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 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. Plane truss and frame analysis by direct stiffness method; equivalent nodal forces; thermal and settlement effects; stiffness by energy methods; analysis of space frames and trusses; grid structures; advanced topics. 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 550.
CE 768. Geoenvironmental Engineering Design. (3) II. A team design project in geoenvironmental engineering focused on resolving interdisciplinary issues related to containment of pollutants and remediation of soil and groundwater. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: AGRON 605, AGRON 746, BAE 690, CE 625, CE 654, CHE 531, or GEOL 611. Cross-listed with BAE 768 and CHE 768.
CE 771. Travel Demand Modeling. (3) II. Historical development and current status of techniques used in urban transportation planning and travel demand forecasting; trip generation, trip distribution, mode choice, and traffic assignment. Computer models and applications. Two hours rec. and three hours lab a week. Pr.: CE 572.
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. (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 evalu-ation, analysis, and optimization. Economic analysis and rehabilitation planning including computer applications. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: CE 572.
CE 777. Portland Cement Concrete Pavements. (3) II. Portland cement concrete mix design and production. Paving operations. Saw and seal operations. Subgrade preparation. Base selection. Drainage selection, design, and construction. Bonded and unbonded concrete overlays. Whitetopping and ultra-thin whitetopping. Concrete pavement restoration; quality assurance and quality control in concrete pavement construction. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: CE 641.
CE 786. Land Development for Civil Engineers and Planners. (3) I. Engineering problems involved in site planning and design. The comprehensive planning process, zoning and subdivision regulations; design and location of streets and highways, water supply and sanitary facilities, drainage and public utilities. Two hours rec. and three hours lab a week. Pr.: CE 572 or consent of instructor.
CE 790. Problems in Civil Engineering. (Var.) I, II, S. Pr.: Approval of instructor.