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Civil Engineering

The goal of the Civil Engineering Program at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico is to develop in the students a professional knowledge of the technology needed to enter into these highly competitive fields, and to prepare the graduates to pursue a productive civil engineering career that is characterized by continued professional growth. This engineering design experience is built upon the fundamental concepts of mathematics, basic sciences, engineering sciences, and the humanistic and social sciences. The student develops the ability to apply pertinent knowledge to the practice of engineering design in the major discipline areas of civil engineering.

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Program Description

Civil engineers are responsible for providing the world’s infrastructure facilities, which are basic to the existence of modern society. These facilities can be large and complex, thus requiring the civil engineers to be broadly trained and able to deal with the latest technologies.

The goal of the Civil Engineering Program at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico is to develop in the students a professional knowledge of the technology needed to enter into these highly competitive fields, and to prepare the graduates to pursue a productive civil engineering career that is characterized by continued professional growth. The student develops the ability to apply pertinent knowledge to the practice of engineering design in the major discipline areas of civil engineering: Structural Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Highway and Transportation Engineering, Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, and Construction Engineering. This engineering design experience is built upon the fundamental concepts of mathematics, basic sciences, engineering sciences, and the humanistic and social sciences. This will provide civil engineers a healthy self-image, a well-rounded knowledge of their role in society, the ability to communicate, and to develop their creativity to apply engineering design with originality.

The graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Program will have the theoretical and conceptual knowledge, the capability to use modern technologies effectively, and the basic technical skills to successfully work as engineers, to pursue graduate studies, to become engineers in training, and to continue their professional development and education on their way to become practicing professional civil engineers with a sense of social responsibility.

Degree Offered

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers undergraduate instruction leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (B.S.C.E.).

Mission

The mission of the Civil Engineering Program is to prepare and motivate students from diverse backgrounds to achieve excellence through intellectual, humanistic, scientific and technological advancement on their way to becoming practicing professional civil engineers with a sense of social responsibility.

Objectives

Within a few years of graduation, the PUPR Civil Engineering Program graduates are expected to attain the following:

  1. Establish themselves as practicing professionals in the industry and government of their communities in accordance with the standards and ethics of the profession.
  2. Demonstrate professional competence by holding positions of increasing responsibility in a civil engineering field.
  3. Contribute to their organizations by serving as liaisons in a bilingual (Spanish-English) environment, performing as effective leaders and as active members of a professional team.
  4. Enhance their professional knowledge through a lifetime of continuing education and through the active participation in professional societies.

Outcomes

The graduates of the Civil Engineering Program will have:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, probability and statistics, science, and engineering.
  • An ability to conduct laboratory experiments and to critically analyze and interpret data in a minimum of two of the following areas: structural, geotechnical, environmental, and transportation engineering.
  • Proficiency to analyze and design systems, components, or processes in a minimum of four of the following areas: structural, geotechnical, water resources and environmental, highway and transportation, and construction engineering.
  • An ability to work in teams and to interact with professionals of other disciplines.
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve civil engineering problems.
  • A comprehension of professional practice issues and ethical principles.
  • An ability to communicate orally, in writing, and graphically in an effective way.
  • An ability to evaluate the impact that design alternatives will have on society.
  • An ability to learn independently and an awareness of the need to be engaged in continuing education.
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues related to the civil engineering practice.
  • An ability to model civil engineering problems and to interpret results through the use of modern technologies.

Enrollment

ACADEMIC YEAR ENROLLMENT
2013-2014 572
2014-2015 492
2015-2016 370
2016-2017 285
2017-2018 243

Graduation Data

ACADEMIC YEAR DEGREES AWARDED
2012-2013 103
2013-2014 86
2014-2015 95
2015-2016 91
2016-2017 60

Curriculum

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Curriculum Sequence

FIRST YEAR

FIRST QUARTER

COURSE TITLE CREDIT-HOURS
MATH 1350 Calculus I 4
SCIE 1210 Principles of Chemistry 4
SCIE 1211 Principles of Chemistry Laboratory 0
CEE 1010 Engineering Graphics for Civil
and Environmental Engineers
4
12

SECOND QUARTER

COURSE TITLE CREDIT-HOURS
MATH 1360 Calculus II 4
SCIE 1430 Physics I 4
SCIE 1431 Physics I Laboratory 1
SPAN 1010 Linguistic Analysis of Literary Genres 3
CE 1011 Introduction to Civil Engineering 1
13

THIRD QUARTER

COURSE TITLE CREDIT-HOURS
MATH 1370 Calculus III 4
SCIE 1440 Physics II 4
SCIE 1441 Physics II Laboratory 1
ENGL 1010 The Study of the Essay as a Literary Genre 3
12

SECOND YEAR

FIRST QUARTER

COURSE TITLE CREDIT-HOURS
MATH 2350 Differential Equations 3
SPAN 2020 Business Spanish 3
ENGI 2110 Engineering Mechanics-Statics 3
CEE 2210 Probability and Statistics for Civil and Environmental Engineers 3
12

SECOND QUARTER

COURSE TITLE CREDIT-HOURS
ENGL 2020 Business English and Communication 3
ENGI 2120 Mechanics of Materials 3
ENGI 2410 Engineering Mechanics-Dynamics 3
CEE 2310 Algorithms, Programming, and Numerical Analysis 3
CEE 2311 Algorithms, Programming, and Numerical Analysis Laboratory 1
13

THIRD QUARTER

COURSE TITLE CREDIT-HOURS
ENGI 2260 Engineering Economics 3
ENGI 2420 Fluid Mechanics 3
SURV 2095 Principles of Surveying for Engineers Laboratory 1
CE 2510 Construction Materials 3
CE 2511 Construction Materials Laboratory 1
CEE 2110 Engineering Geology 3
14

THIRD YEAR

FIRST QUARTER

COURSE TITLE CREDIT-HOURS
ENGI 2421 Fluid Mechanics Laboratory 1
CE 3110 Structural Analysis I 3
CE 3210 Geotechnical Engineering I 3
CE 3211 Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory 1
CE 3310 Route Location and Geometric Design 3
SOHU 2010 Socio Humanistic Studies 3
14

SECOND QUARTER

COURSE TITLE CREDIT-HOURS
CE 3120 Structural Analysis II 3
CE 3121 Structural Engineering Laboratory 1
CE 3220 Geotechnical Engineering II 3
CE 3221 Geomechanics Laboratory 1
CE 3320 Highway Engineering 3
CEE 3410 Water Resources and Hydraulic Engineering 3
14

THIRD QUARTER

COURSE TITLE CREDIT-HOURS
CE 3130 Steel Structures Design 3
CE 3330 Transportation Engineering and Urban Planning 3
CE 3331 Highway and Transportation Engineering Laboratory 1
CE 3420 Water Supply Engineering 3
CE 3520 Construction Project Management 3
13

FOURTH YEAR

FIRST QUARTER

COURSE TITLE CREDIT-HOURS
CE 4140 Concrete Structures Design 3
CE 4430 Wastewater Engineering 3
CE 4530 Construction Methods and Productivity Improvement 3
SOHU 2040 Ethics, Global, and Contemporary Issues 3
12

SECOND QUARTER

COURSE TITLE CREDIT-HOURS
CE 4150 Foundation Engineering 3
CE 4440 Environmental Engineering for Civil Engineers 3
CE 4911 Civil Engineering Senior Design Project I 1
Technical Elective 3
10

THIRD QUARTER

COURSE TITLE CREDIT-HOURS
CE 4441 Environmental Engineering Laboratory 1
CE 4920 Civil Engineering Senior Design Project II 3
Technical Elective 3
Socio-Humanistic Studies or Language Elective 3
10

Graduation Requirements

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers undergraduate instruction leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (B.S.C.E.). To earn the degree, the student must complete the following minimum requirements:

MINIMUM GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

  • 15 Credit-hours in Mathematics
  • 14 Credit-hours in Basic Sciences
  • 21 Credit-hours in Socio-humanistic Studies and Languages
  • 16 Credit-hours in General Engineering
  • 17 Credit-hours in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • 60 Credit-hours in Civil Engineering
  • 6 Credit-hours in Technical Elective

149 Total Credit-hours

PREPARATORY STUDIES:

All students that are admitted to the Civil Engineering Program must show evidence that they have acquired the academic abilities and skills necessary to progress through this major. Those not demonstrating the complete acquisition of these abilities and skills (as reflected by the results of their College Entrance Examination Board test, results in P.U.P.R.’s placement test, previous university experience, or other tests or criteria) will be required to take preparatory courses. These courses are designed to help them overcome deficiencies in languages, mathematics, and science. These preparatory courses are in addition to the 149 credit-hours of the Civil Engineering Program. The preparatory courses are the following:

PREPARATORY STUDIES COMPONENT (MAXIMUM OF 33 CREDIT-HOURS)

COURSE TITLE CREDIT-HOURS
  • MATH 0102 Preparatory Mathematics 3
  • MATH 0106 Elementary Algebra 3
  • MATH 0110 Intermediate Algebra 3
  • MATH 1330 Precalculus I 3
  • MATH 1340 Precalculus II 3
  • SCIE 0110 Introduction to Physics 3
  • ATUL 0100 Adjustment to University Life 3
  • ENGL 0100 Preparatory English 3
  • ENGL 0110 English Grammar 3
  • SPAN 0100 Preparatory Spanish 3
  • SPAN 0110 Spanish Grammar 3

Course Description

CIVIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING COURSES

CEE 1010 – ENGINEERING GRAPHICS FOR CIVIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERS

Four credit-hours. Two-two and half hour lecture periods per week.
Pre-requisite: None
An introduction to the field of engineering graphics and descriptive geometry as a design and documentation tool. Topics include orthographic projection, pictorial drawings, dimensioning, feature control symbols, and tolerancing. Use of a computer aided design (CAD) system to create engineering drawings.

CEE 1012 – ADVANCED AUTOCAD FOR CIVIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERS

Three credit-hours. Two two-hour lecture periods per week.
Pre-requisite: CEE 1010
Introduction to the knowledge of graphical vocabulary for the preparation of construction documents, including the technical specifications and their development by computer assisted tools. The topics include AutoCAD used as tool for the preparation of civil engineering construction documents. Use of tridimensional drawings using Sketchup and Civil 3D in the development of grading and presentation technics. Includes the evaluation of technical specifications for the civil engineering area and the relation with the drawings.

CEE 2110 – ENGINEERING GEOLOGY

Three credit-hours. Two two-hour lecture periods per week.
Pre-requisite: SCIE 1210 or SCIE 1214
Evolution of geology principles through history. The rock cycle. Mineral characteristics and rock formations. Rock types. Rock characteristics and engineering issues. Volcanism. Plate tectonics. Soil formation. Rock weathering. Mass movements. Seismology. Structural geology. Overview of the hydrological cycle. The relation of surface and groundwater hydrology to engineering geology.

CEE 2210 – PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS FOR CIVIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERS

Three credit-hours. Two two-hour lecture periods per week.
Pre-requisites: MATH 1370, and CE 1011 or ENVE 1011
An introduction to the role of probability and statistics in civil and environmental engineering. Fundamentals of probability theory. Random variables. Probability distributions. Functions of random variables. Sampling. Hypothesis testing and confidence intervals. Regression and correlation analysis.

CEE 2310 – ALGORITHMS, PROGRAMMING, AND NUMERICAL ANALYSIS

Three credit-hours. Two two-hour lecture periods per week. Pre-requisites: MATH 2350 and CEE 2210
An introduction to programming and algorithms applied to numerical analysis. The most commonly used numerical methods in civil and environmental engineering practice are introduced. Roots of equations, systems of linear equations, curve fitting techniques, numerical differentiation and integration, and ordinary differential equations.

CEE 2311 – ALGORITHMS, PROGRAMMING, AND NUMERICAL ANALYSIS LABORATORY

One credit-hour. Two two-hour lecture and laboratory periods per week.
Pre-requisites: MATH 2350 and CEE 2210
Co-requisite: CEE 2310
An introduction to programming and algorithms applied to numerical analysis. Programming of numerical methods commonly used in civil and environmental engineering practice, using Visual Basic for Applications within Excel as the programming environment.

CEE 3410 – WATER RESOURCES AND HYDRAULIC ENGINEERING

Three credit-hours. Two two-hour lecture periods per week.
Pre-requisites: ENGI 2420, ENGI 2421, CEE 2310, and CEE 2311
Fundamental concepts of hydrology and hydraulics. Hydrologic processes and the elements of the hydrologic cycle. Rainfall-runoff relationship. Hydrograph and unit hydrograph theory. Frequency analysis. Design of storm sewer systems. Reservoir: yield, capacity, and sedimentation. Open channel flow. Performance and design of culverts. Groundwater hydrology concepts. Well hydraulics.

CEE 5002 – CIVIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING PRACTICE

Three credit-hours. By agreement.
Pre-requisite: Approval of the Department Head
Civil and environmental engineering design procedures are applied to the solution of problems under the supervision of a non-faculty member. The problem may deal with any of the fields of civil and environmental engineering, as determined by the instructor.

CEE 5020 – ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS

Three credit-hours. Two two-hour lecture periods per week.
Pre-requisite: CE 4440 or ENVE 4610
Introduction to the technical, economic, political, administrative, and social forces that influence the environmental quality regulations and the use of natural resources. Review of federal and state laws, regulations, and programs enacted to minimize air, land, and water pollution. Review of public participation mechanisms.

CEE 5030 – ADVANCED HYDRAULICS

Three credit-hours. Two two-hour lecture periods per week.
Pre-requisite: CEE 3410
Advanced hydraulics for the design and analysis of systems concerned with the use and control of water, storage, water transmission; design of open channels and pressure conduits. Design of storm and sewer systems. Performance and design of culverts. Sediment transport and sedimentation in reservoirs. Groundwater hydraulics and well hydraulics.

CEE 5050 – CIVIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING
UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

Three credit-hours. One four-hour lecture period per week.
Pre-requisite: Approval of the Department Head
Introduction to research methodologies including: title and objectives development, literature review, research justification, experiment or analytical design, and proposal preparation. Open-ended research project in a specific area of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

CEE 5052 – CIVIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING
UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH II

Three credit-hours. One four-hour lecture period per week.
Pre-requisite: CEE 5050
Continuation of the research project started in CEE 5050. Detailed literature review. Research cost estimates. Application of probability and statistics. Selection of instrumentation and tests. Experimentation or analytical development. Results manipulation and evaluation. Development of scientific publication and report presentation.

CEE 5090 – SPECIAL TOPICS IN CIVIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING

Three credit-hours. Two two-hour lecture periods per week.
Pre-requisite: According to special topics to be covered.
Special topics in any of the areas of specialization in civil engineering (structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, transportation engineering, water resources engineering, and construction engineering), environmental engineering (water supply engineering, wastewater engineering, air pollution control, solid and hazardous waste management, occupational safety and health, environmental toxicology, environmental impact assessment, and pollution prevention engineering), or related fields relevant to engineering practice.

CIVIL ENGINEERING COURSES

CE 1011 – INTRODUCTION CIVIL ENGINEERING

One credit-hour. Two-two hour lecture and laboratory periods per week.
Pre-requisite: CEE 1010
An introduction to the civil engineering profession, design philosophy, techniques, theory, methodology, and creative problem solving with emphasis on teamwork, as well as on design issues and practices in the profession. The course includes several design cases. Project design explicitly concerns technical approaches as well as consideration of the existing built environment, natural environment, economic, social, and cultural factors. Critical thinking and logic presentation of an engineering analysis.

CE 2510 – CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS

Three credit-hours. Two two-hour lecture periods per week.
Pre-requisites: ENGI 2120 and CEE 2210
Co-requisite: CE 2511
Application of the physical, mechanical, and chemical properties of materials such as concrete, aggregate, ferrous metals, nonferrous metals, timber, plastics, and asphalt cements. Selection of materials and their behavior in civil engineering practice. Test principles and methods applied to construction materials and failure analysis in accordance to the ASTM.

CE 2511 – CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS LABORATORY

One credit-hour. Two-two hour lecture and laboratory periods per week.
Pre-requisites: ENGI 2120 and CEE 2210
Co-requisite: CE 2510
Laboratory techniques and procedures to determine properties of concrete, coarse and fine aggregates, wood, and steel. Design and preparation of concrete mixes. Tests on concrete specimens.

CE 3110 – STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS I

Three credit-hours. Two two-hour lecture periods per week.
Pre-requisites: ENGI 2120, CEE 2310, and CEE 2311
Analytical model of structural systems. Analysis of gravity load distribution. Determination of earthquake and wind loads according to actual code provisions. Stability and determinacy of structures. Approximate analysis of statically indeterminate structures. Analysis of statically indeterminate structures by the Force Method.

CE 3120 – STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS II

Three credit-hours. Two two-hour lecture periods per week.
Pre-requisite: CE 3110
Co-requisite: CE 3121
Analysis of statically indeterminate structures by the Stiffness Method and by the Moment Distribution Method. Computer Assisted Structural Analysis. Stiffness. Center and shear force distribution.

CE 3121 – STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING LABORATORY

One credit-hour. Two two-hour lecture and laboratory periods per week.
Pre-requisite: CE 3110
Co-requisite: CE 3120
Verify theoretical results with simple laboratory experiences on bars under axial and torsional loads, beams, columns, trusses, and frames. Measurement of deflections, angle of twist, support reactions, internal forces, and strains as the structural response of interest under a specified applied loads.

CE 3130 – STEEL STRUCTURE DESIGN

Three credit-hours. Two two-hour lecture periods per week.
Pre-requisite: CE 3110
Design of structural steel members. Structural steel properties. Tension and compression members. Design of beams with and without lateral support. Combined axial compression and bending. Bolted and welded connections for tension. Introduction to buildings design.

CE 3210 – GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING I

Three credit-hours. Two two-hour lecture periods per week.
Pre-requisites: ENGI 2120, ENGI 2420, CEE 2110, CEE 2310, and CEE 2311
Co-requisite: CE 3211
Soils as engineering materials. Local soil types. Description and identification of soils. Index properties. Mineralogical composition of clays. Compaction. The effect of water on soil behavior. Effective stress concept. Flow nets. Stresses in a soil mass. Elastic settlement of soils.

CE 3211 – GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING LABORATORY

One credit-hour. Two two-hour lecture and laboratory periods per week.
Pre-requisites: ENGI 2120, ENGI 2420, CEE 2110, CEE 2310, and CEE 2311
Co-requisite: CE 3210
Laboratory techniques to determine the basic properties of soils including soil sampling and description, relationships among soil phases, consistency limits, and grain size distribution. Soil classification systems, compaction, and field density. Coefficient of permeability.

CE 3220 – GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING II

Three credit-hours. Two two-hour lecture periods per week.
Pre-requisites: CE 3210 and CE 3211
Co-requisite: CE 3221
Compressibility of soils, consolidation settlements, rate of consolidation. Subsoil exploration and sampling. Soil strength parameters and their use in the evaluation of pressure on retaining structures, soil bearing capacity, and slope stability. Basic concepts of deep foundations.

CE 3221 – GEOMECHANICS LABORATORY

One credit-hour. Two two-hour lecture and laboratory periods per week.
Pre-requisites: CE 3210 and CE 3211
Co-requisite: CE 3220
Consolidation test of fine soil samples. Preparation of soil profile including physical properties. Determination of soil shear strength parameters for common geotechnical engineering applications. Unconfined compression, direct and triaxial shear tests performed on SPT-retrieved samples to obtain total stress parameters. Evaluation of soil stiffness. Application problems.

CE 3310 – ROUTE LOCATION AND GEOMETRIC DESIGN

Three credit-hours. Two two-hour lecture periods per week.
Pre-requisites: SURV 2095, CEE 2310, and CEE 2311
Route study. Horizontal alignment and simple and compound circular curves. Profile alignment and vertical parabolic curves. Spiral curve and superelevation. Introduction to traffic engineering safety. Earthwork.

CE 3320 – HIGHWAY ENGINEERING

Three credit-hours. Two two-hour lecture periods per week.
Pre-requisites: CE 2510, CE 3210, and CE 3310
Roadside design principles. Traffic control devices. Pavement design. Traffic flow theory principles. Capacity and level of service of two-lane highways. Capacity and level of service of multilane highways. Capacity and level of service of basic freeway segments. Freeway weaving analysis. Interchange design principles. At-grade intersection design principles.

CE 3330 – TRANSPORTATION ENGINEERING AND URBAN PLANNING

Three credit-hours. Two two-hour lecture periods per week.
Pre-requisite: CE 3320
Co-requisite: CE 3331
Intersection capacity and level of service. Planning and design aspects of transportation systems. Urban transportation planning models. Development principles of transportation facilities. Design and operational analysis of pedestrian and bicycle facilities. Public transportation.

CE 3331 – HIGHWAY AND TRANSPORTATION ENGINEERING LABORATORY

One credit-hour. One four-hour lecture and laboratory periods per week.
Pre-requisite: CE 3320
Data collection techniques and use of equipment associated with different types of transportation studies. Application of statistics and probability in transportation data presentation and analysis. Application of computer software.

CE 3420 – WATER SUPPLY ENGINEERING

Three credit-hours. Two two-hour lecture periods per week.
Pre-requisites: SCIE 1210, SCIE 1211, and CEE 3410
Water supply sources. Demand and use of water. Physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of water. Safe Drinking Water Act and other water quality regulations. Water treatment: rapid mix, flocculation, sedimentation, filtration, disinfection, softening, and other processes. Design of a water distribution system: configuration and requirements, losses, analysis of flow, pipe materials, pumps, and pumping stations.

CE 3520 – CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Three credit-hours. Two two-hour lecture periods per week.
Pre-requisites: ENGI 2260, CE 2510, and CE 2511
The course discusses management of construction projects from site investigation, planning, and design to construction and application of controls. Topics include project administration, organizations, project costs estimation, bidding of contracts and awards, planning and scheduling techniques, labor relations, claim and dispute resolution, safety, and risk management.

CE 4140 – CONCRETE STRUCTURES DESIGN

Three credit-hours. Two two-hour lecture periods per week.
Pre-requisites: CE 3120, CE 3121, and CE 3130
Design of reinforced concrete structures using the Ultimate Strength Design Method. Design for flexure and shear. Continuous beams and one-way slab systems. Development of reinforcing bars. Introduction to column design.

CE 4150 – FOUNDATION ENGINEERING

Three credit-hours. Two two-hour lecture periods per week.
Pre-requisites: CE 3220, CE 3221, and CE 4140
Evaluation of sub-soil conditions as they affect the behavior, proportions, and choice of type foundation. Combined and strap footing. Retaining walls. Sheet piling walls. Pile group and pile cap design. Mat foundations.

CE 4430 – WASTEWATER ENGINEERING

Three credit-hours. Two two-hour lecture periods per week.
Pre-requisite: CE 3420
Wastewater sources: domestic, industrial, and infiltration/inflow. Wastewater flow rates. Gravity and pressure sanitary sewer systems. Physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of wastewater. Wastewater treatment processes: a) preliminary treatment: screening, coarse solids reduction, grit removal, flow equalization, odor control, and coagulation/flocculation; b) primary treatment: sedimentation; c) secondary treatment: activated sludge and trickling filters; d) advanced treatment: filtration, adsorption, ion exchange, air stripping, nitrification-denitrification, reverse osmosis, microfiltration and ultrafiltration, chemical precipitation, and phosphorus removal. Disinfection. Post-aeration. Effluent disposal and reuse alternatives. Treatment and disposal of sludge. The Clean Water Act. Regulatory agencies and their requirements.

CE 4440 – ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING FOR CIVIL ENGINEERS

Three credit-hours. Two two-hour lecture periods per week.
Pre-requisite: CE 4430
Overview to the field of environmental engineering. Environmental phenomena. Materials and energy balances. Ecosystems. Environmental fate and transport of contaminants. Impact of pollutants in aquatic, soil, and air environments. Surface water pollution and quality. Air pollution control. Solid waste management. Construction and demolition debris management. Noise pollution. Environmental laws and regulations. Environmental impact assessment. Ethical perspective of environmental engineering.

CE 4441 – ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING LABORATORY

One credit-hour. Two two-hour lecture and laboratory periods per week.
Pre-requisite: CE 4430
Co-requisite: CE 4440
Laboratory techniques to determine the properties of water and wastewater. Sampling: collection, storage and preservation. Tests for physical characteristics: color, turbidity, temperature and solids content (total, settleable, suspended, volatile and fixed). Tests for chemical characteristics: pH, alkalinity, hardness, chlorine, conductivity, dissolved oxygen, BOD, COD, nitrogen, and phosphorus. Tests for biological characteristics: fecal and total coliform. Other tests such as meteorological factors measurements. Experiments focused on process monitoring and control as part of the water resources and environmental engineering design processes.

CE 4530 – CONSTRUCTION METHODS AND PRODUCTIVITY IMPROVEMENT

Three credit-hours. Two two-hour lecture period per week.
Pre-requisite: CE 3520
This course discusses technical aspects of the construction process, and how they can be improved. Construction methods for heavy and building construction will be studied. Also, organizing a project with productivity improvement as a goal will be studied. Students will learn how to calculate and measure worker productivity. In addition, various models and methods for improving productivity will be studied and applied to construction problems.

CE 4911 – CIVIL ENGINEERING SENIOR DESIGN PROJECT I

One credit hour. Two two-hour lecture and laboratory periods per week.
Pre-requisites: CE 3330, CE 4140, CE 4430, and CE 4530
First part of a two-period open ended design project that involves most areas of Civil Engineering. The project allows correlating the different areas of Civil Engineering, to apply the principles of engineering design and science at a high level, and to develop awareness of social and economic effects of engineering projects. This first course will concentrate in the site analysis, in all the laboratory and field studies required by the specific project (i.e., topography, as-built, structure inventory, soil exploration, traffic study, among others), in the development of a project proposal, and in the site design and environmental evaluation of the proposal.

CE 4920 – CIVIL ENGINEERING SENIOR DESIGN PROJECT II

Three credit-hours. Two two-hour lecture periods per week.
Pre-requisites: CE 4150, CE 4440, and CE 4911
A continuation of CE 4911. Second part of a two-period open ended design project that involves most areas of Civil Engineering. The project allows correlating the different areas of Civil Engineering, to apply the principles of engineering design and science at a high level, and to develop awareness of social and economic effects of engineering projects. This second course will concentrate in the detailed analyses and designs required by the specific project, with a clear identification of hypothesis and assumptions, limitations of the study, design criteria, methods and tools, costs, safety, feasibility, and design parameters adopted for each design. Oral presentations and written reports will be used to develop the objectives.

CE 5010 – PRINCIPLES OF ARCHITECTURE FOR CIVIL ENGINEERS

Three credit-hours. Two two-hour lecture periods per week.
Pre-requisites: CEE 1010 and CE 1011
Introduce civil engineering students to architectural concepts. It is a morphological study of the essentials elements of form, space, organization, circulation, proportion, scale, and ordering principles. The course emphasizes the element of form as the primary tool of the designer. The relationship between architecture, nature, urban context, culture, history, social, and political issues are included.

CE 5108 – PRESTRESSED CONCRETE STRUCTURES DESIGN

Three credit-hours. Two two-hour lecture periods per week.
Pre-requisite: CE 4140
General design principles of prestressed concrete members. Pretensioning vs. Postensioning. Prestressing materials: steel and concrete. Design for shear and torsion. Deflection computation and control. Prestress losses. Indeterminate structures and slabs. Construction methods.

CE 5116 – DESIGN OF WOOD STRUCTURES

Three credit-hours. Two two-hour lecture periods per week.
Pre-requisites: CE 2510 and CE 3110
Wood buildings and design criteria. Properties of wood and lumber grades. Vertical design loads and lateral forces. Design of beams and columns for vertical loads. Design of horizontal diaphragms and shear walls for lateral forces. Connection design, including the overall tying together of the vertical and lateral force-resisting systems.

CE 5208 – SOIL IMPROVEMENT

Three credit-hours. Two two-hour lecture periods per week.
Pre-requisites: CE 3220 and CE 3221
Current ground modification techniques to improve soil stability, reduce deformation, control seepage, and increase erosion resistance.

CE 5220 – PAVEMENT DESIGN

Three credit-hours. Two two-hour lecture periods per week.
Pre-requisites: CE 3220, CE 3221, CE 3320, CE 4140, and CEE 3410
Stress and deformation of flexible and rigid pavements, traffic loading, material parameters, drainage design. Pavement performance and reliability concepts. Design of flexible and rigid pavements, overlay design, Superpave, new developments in pavement design. Computerized pavement design.

CE 5308 – URBAN TRANSPORTATION PLANNING

Three credit-hours. Two two-hour lecture periods per week.
Pre-requisite: CE 3330
Urban transportation planning modeling. Origin and destination trip assessment. Transportation mode use analysis. Traffic forecasting and assignment. Impact analysis.

CE 5312 – PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

Three credit-hours. Two two-hour lecture periods per week.
Pre-requisite: CE 3330
Transit modes. Transit planning. Passenger demand, route choice, and assignment. Frequency and headway determination. Scheduling. Network analysis, level of service, and reliability control.

CE 5510 – PLANNING, SCHEDULING, AND COST ESTIMATES

Three credit-hours. Two two-hour lecture periods per week.
Pre-requisite: CE 3520
This course comprises the work plan development process and the use of several scheduling techniques such as precedence diagrams, progress schedules, the critical path method (CPM), program evaluation and review technique (PERT), crashing and delay analysis. Project cost controls, earned value principles, cost estimate studies for construction projects from conceptual and preliminary to detailed estimates are also studied.

CE 5522 – CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS FOR CIVIL ENGINEERING

Three credit-hours. Two two-hour lecture periods per week.
Pre-requisite: CE 3520
A comprehensive coverage of documents generated before and during the construction process, including the origin and format of construction documents, which ones are used and why. Globalization aspects on how documents are utilized and how they work together as a system. Contract forms, contract conditions, and specifications are the main core for study. Construction drawings and technical specifications are studied as a design and construction tool into the process. Bidding requirements are discussed as part of the project manual.

Laboratories

The Civil Engineering Curriculum requires the following laboratory courses:

  • Principles of Chemistry Laboratory
  • Two Physics Laboratories
  • Fluid Mechanics Laboratory
  • Algorithms, Programming, and Numerical Analysis Laboratory
  • Principles of Surveying for Engineers Laboratory
  • Structural Engineering Laboratory
  • Two Geotechnical Engineering Laboratories
  • Highway and Transportation Engineering Laboratory
  • Environmental Engineering Laboratory, and Construction Materials Laborator.

Two additional courses (Introduction to Civil Engineering and Civil Engineering Senior Design Project I) also have laboratory experiences. The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department has on campus a Civil and Environmental Engineering Simulations Laboratory.