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Kansas State University

Civil Engineering

Lakshmi 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, and Swartz.

E-mail: ce@engg.ksu.edu

www.engg.ksu.edu/CEDEPT/home.html

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 BS in civil engineering degree.

Educational objectives

The objective of the civil engineering program is to prepare graduates for professional careers in civil engineering. A major goal is to provide civil engineering students with the best possible education toward that end within the guidelines provided by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) general criteria and the ABET program criteria for civil engineering. Within this framework, further goals are to instill in the students a sensitivity to the social and humanistic implications of technology, and to motivate them to make worthwhile contributions to the profession and to society.

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.

General option

The general option allows the student to pursue a BS in civil engineering degree in a broader general program or, if a specific career objective has been identified, to concentrate on one or more areas within the general option. The following areas of concentration are available:

Water resources—design and construction of reservoirs, canal systems, and dams for flood control, irrigation, power, and water supply.

Geotechnical—foundations for structures, earth embankments, retaining walls and bulkheads, and pavements for highways and airports.

Environmental—protection 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.

Transportation—planning, design, and construction of highways, railways, airports, and urban mass transit systems.

Structures—design and construction of a variety of buildings and bridges, as well as the structural framing of aircraft, ships, and space vehicles.

General option requirements

Students choosing the general option can fulfill the requirements for a BS in civil engineering by following the course curriculum as well as the following selection of courses:

CE 411Route Location and Design3
Option electives11-14
CE electives12
 
CE electives must be chosen from those listed below, and must include at least one course in four of the five areas:
 
Environmental
CE 565Water and Wastewater Engineering3
 
Geotechnical
CE 528Foundation Engineering3
 
Structural
CE 542Structural Engineering in Steel3
CE 544Structural Engineering in Concrete3
 
Transportation
CE 572Highway Engineering and Management3
 
Water resources
CE 552Hydraulic Engineering3
 

Construction engineering option

This option allows students to obtain a BS 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 BS in civil engineering by following the course curriculum listed for civil engineering as well as the following selection of courses:

CE 528Foundation Engineering3
CE 542Structural Engineering in Steel3
CE 544Structural Engineering in Concrete
CE 552Hydraulic Engineering
or
CE 565Water and Wastewater Engineering3
CE 572Highway Engineering, Planning, and Management3
CE 641Civil Engineering Materials3
CE 680Economics of Design and Construction3
 
Construction option recommended electives8
CE 411Route Location and Design4
ACCTG 231Accounting for Business Opererations3
ACCTG 241Accounting for Investment and Finance3
DEN 550Engineering Law3
MANGT 420Management Concepts3
Other option electives#
 
#Other construction option electives may be chosen from courses in math, science, engineering, or business as approved by student's advisor.
 

Environmental option

This option allows students to obtain a BS 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 BS in civil engineering by following the course curriculum listed for civil engineering as well as the following selection of courses:

BIOL 198Principles of Biology4
CHM 531Organic Chemistry I3
CE 528Foundation Engineering3
CE 544Structural Engineering in Concrete3
CE 552Hydraulic Engineering3
CE 565Water and Wastewater Engineering3
Option elective10
 

Structures option

This option allows students to obtain a BS 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 BS in civil engineering by following the course curriculum listed for civil engineering as well as the following selection of courses:

CE 411Route Location and Design3
CE 528Foundation Engineering3
CE 542Structural Engineering in Steel3
CE 544Structural Engineering in Concrete3
CE 552Hydraulic Engineering3
CE 572Highway Engineering, Planning, and Management3
CE 732Advanced Structural Analysis I3
Option elective8
 

Curriculum in civil engineering (CE)

Bachelor of science in civil engineering
128 hours required for graduation
Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012. 410-347-7700.
 
Freshman
Fall semester
MATH 220Analytic Geometry and Calculus I4
CHM 210Chemistry I4
ENGL 100Expository Writing I*3
ECON 110Principles of Macroeconomics I3
ME 212Engineering Graphics I2
CE 101Introduction to Civil Engineering1
CE 015Engineering Assembly
DEN 015New Student Orientation Seminar
17
 
Spring semester
MATH 221Analytic Geometry and Calculus II4
CHM 230Chemistry II4
CIS 209C Programming for Engineers3
GEOL 100Earth in Action3
Option elective***3
CE 015Engineering Assembly
17
 
Sophomore
Fall semester
MATH 222Analytic Geometry and Calculus III4
PHYS 213Engineering Physics I5
SPCH 105Public Speaking IA2
CE 212Elementary Surveying Engineering3
Option elective***3
CE 015Engineering Assembly
17
 
Spring semester
MATH 240Elementary Differential Equations4
PHYS 214Engineering Physics II5
STAT 490Statistics for Engineers1
CE 333Statics3
DEN 325Introduction to Personal/Professional Development1
Option elective***2
CE 015Engineering Assembly
16
 
Junior
Fall semester
ME 512Dynamics3
ME 513Thermodynamics I3
CE 533Mechanics of Materials3
CE 534Mechanics of Materials Lab1
Option elective***6
CE 015Engineering Assembly
16
 
Spring semester
ENGL 415Written Communication for Engineers*3
ME 571Fluid Mechanics3
CE 522Soil Mechanics I3
CE 537Introduction to Structural Analysis3
CE 563Environmental Engineering Fundamentals3
CE 015Engineering Assembly
15
 
Senior
Fall semester
Civil engineering electives****6
Option elective***3
CE 550Water Resources Engineering I3
General education humanities   or social science elective**3
CE 015Engineering Assembly
15
 
Spring semester
CE 585Civil Engineering Project3
Civil engineering elective****6
General education humanities   or social science elective**6
CE 015Engineering Assembly
15
 
*Students must complete the appropriate prerequisite credits for ENGL 415, but may apply only 3 hours of ENGL 415 prerequisite credits towards degree requirements.
 
**General education humanities and general education social sciences electives are to be selected from university general education courses that are also on the engineering humanities and social sciences elective list and need not be taken in the order listed 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.
 
****CE electives are to be selected from the list approved by the department to satisfy option requirements.
 

Civil engineering courses

CE 015. Engineering Assembly. (0) I, II.

CE 101. Introduction to Civil Engineering. (1) I. 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.: CE231.

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.: ENGL120 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.: CE380.

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 565. Water and Wastewater Engineering. (3) II. Design of municipal water and wastewater treatment systems. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: CE 550, CE 563, PHYS 214, and ME 571.

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 BS 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 625. Principles of Geoenvironmental Engineering. (3) II. Introduction to soil formation, structure, flow and mass transport in soils, mass transfer principles, waste containment and isolation, and physical, chemical, and biological remediation principles. Three hrs. rec. a week. Pr.: CE 522.

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 703. Responsibility in Engineering. (3) II. Course designed to help engineers, scientists, and technical managers to: understand fundamental “canons” of professional societies, establish or revitalize personal ethical standards using these canons, realize when situations are ethical dilemmas, and develop a process to solving dilemmas. Key activities are interviewing peers, analyzing current environment for potential challenges, developing an ethics workshop, and writing individual code of ethics. Pr.: Graduate standing or instructor approval.

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 742. Advanced Steel Design. (3) II. Plastic design of steel structures; stability problems in plastic design; design of complex steel structures. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: CE 542.

CE 743. Advanced Reinforced Concrete Theory. (3) II. Advanced theories and methods of design and analysis of reinforced concrete structures. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: CE 544.

CE 745. Structural Dynamics. (3) I. Introduction to fundamental concepts in structural dynamics, free and forced vibration of single and multiple degrees of freedom systems with and without damping, numerical methods for linear and nonlinear dynamic analysis, and basics of the earthquake response and design of structures. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: MATH 240, ME 512, CE 537 or equiv.

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 762. Water Treatment Processes. (3) II. Physical and chemical process principles and their application to water treatment plant design. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: CE 565.

CE 766. Wastewater Engineering: Biological Processes. (3) I. Biological process principles and their application to the design of wastewater treatment plants. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: CE 565.

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.: One of the following: 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.