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  • Civil Engineering : Undergraduate Program
  • 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.
  • Civil Engineering : Undergraduate Program
  • 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.).
  • Civil Engineering : Undergraduate Program
  • 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.
  • Civil Engineering : Undergraduate Program
  • 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.
  • Civil Engineering : Undergraduate Program
  • 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
    2011-2012 726
    2012-2013 673
    2013-2014 572
  • Graduation Data


  • ACADEMIC YEAR DEGREES AWARDED
    2010-2011 124
    2011-2012 93
    2012-2013 103
  • Civil Engineering : Undergraduate Program
  • Curriculum
  • Civil Engineering Curriculum
  • Civil Engineering : Undergraduate Program
  • 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

  • Civil Engineering : Undergraduate Program
  • 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.

  • Civil Engineering : Undergraduate Program
  • 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
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    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
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  • Civil Engineering : Undergraduate Program
  • 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.
  • Civil Engineering : Graduate Program
  • Course Description
  • CIVIL ENGINEERING COURSE DESCRIPTION


    CE 6100 - Soil Shear Strength

    Three credit-hours. Prerequisite: None. One four hours session per week.
    The Mohr Circle, failure theories and stress paths. Behavior of saturated sands during drained and undrained shear. Liquefaction and cyclic mobility. Stress-deformation and strength characteristics of saturated cohesive soils. Use of triaxial testing and stress paths in engineering practice.

    CE 6105 - Advanced Geotechnical Engineering Applications

    Three credit-hours. Prerequisite: None. One four hours session per week.
    Fundamentals of geotechnical engineering laboratory instrumentation. Measurement of the relative density of sands. Direct shear testing of loose and dense and dry and saturated sand. Unconfined compression test. Evaluation of soil/structure interface friction angle. CU Triaxial test with pore pressure measurement.

    CE 6110 - Earth Retaining Structures

    Three credit-hours. Prerequisite: None. One four hours session per week.
    Retaining Structures. Stability of retaining walls. Waterfront structures. Sheet piling wall analysis and design. Wales and tie rods. Deadman capacity. Methods for reducing lateral pressure. Relieving platforms. Energy, absorbing capacity of dolphins. Design of braced cofferdams. Lateral pressure and stability.

    CE 6114 - Shallow Foundations

    Three credit-hours. Prerequisite: None. One four hours session per week.
    Shallow foundations. Ultimate bearing capacity theories under centric vertical, inclined, and eccentric loads. Special cases of shallow foundations. Settlement and allowable bearing capacity. Dynamic bearing capacity and settlement. Shallow foundations on reinforced soil. Uplift capacity of shallow foundations.

    CE 6116 - Consolidation Theory and Applications

    Three credit-hours. Prerequisite: None. One four hours session per week.
    Compressibility of soils. Consolidation test. Consolidation settlement calculations. Time rate of consolidation. Determination of coefficient of permeability. Evaluation of secondary settlement. Vertical drains. Design of surcharge monitoring program.

    CE 6120 - Deep Foundations

    Three credit-hours. Prerequisite: None. One four hours session per week.
    Characteristics and capabilities of deep foundations. Sheet pile walls on sandy and clayey soils. Estimation of pile length. Load transfer mechanism. Estimation of pile capacity. Settlement of piles. Pullout resistance. Pile driving formulas. Group capacity and elastic settlement. Negative skin friction. Drilled-Pier and Caisson foundations.

    CE 6125 - Soil Dynamics

    Three credit-hours. Prerequisite: None. One four hours session per week.
    Fundamentals of vibrations. Waves in elastic medium. Properties of dynamically loaded soils. Foundation vibration. Dynamic bearing capacity of shallow foundations. Liquefaction of soil.

    CE 6130 - Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering

    Three credit-hours. Prerequisite: None. One four hours session per week.
    The principles, theories and methods of Geotechnical earthquake engineering. Principles of wave propagation and their applications for the development of local site effects, liquefaction and slope stability under seismic conditions.

    CE 6140 - Slope Stability

    Three credit-hours. Prerequisite: None. One four hours session per week.
    Subsoil exploration and sampling for slope stability. Shear strength for slope stability analysis. Factor of safety. Procedures for computations, Ordinary, Bishop, Jambu and Spencer methods. Water pressures and unit weight. Short and long-term conditions. Pseudo-static analysis. Common problems in computer analysis. Back analysis of slope failures. Computer applications. Slope stabilization and monitoring program.

    CE 6150 - Seepage and Drainage

    Three credit-hours. Prerequisite: None. One four hours session per week.
    Permeability. Seepage principles. Flow nets. Quick conditions. Filter and drain design. Geosynthetics applications. Seepage control in earth dams and levees. Cutoff walls. Foundation dewatering and drainage. Slope stabilization with drainage. Instrumentation.

    CE 6174 – Finite Element Methods for Geotechnical Engineering

    Three credit-hours. Prerequisite: None. One four hours session per week.
    Review of Theory of Elasticity. Variational Principles. Domain discretization. Displacement approximation. Shape functions and generalized coordinates approach. Finite Element Stiffness Matrix. Isoparametric elements. Consistent load vector. Bar elements applied to pile analysis. Plane strain elements applied to slope and earth gravity dam analysis. Plate elements applied to analysis of mats on elastic foundations. Commercial packages. Advanced topics in geotechnical computational mechanics.

    CE 6210 - Probability and Statistics in Water Engineering

    Three credit-hours. Prerequisite: None. One four hours session per week.
    Probability and statistical principles applied to the solution of hydrologic problems. Application of probability distributions to the rainfall and runoff process. Field analysis using random distributions and functions. Determination of confidence intervals and hypothesis. Analysis of annual and partial hydrologic time series.

    CE 6220 - Meteorology

    Three credit-hours. Prerequisite: None. One four hours session per week.
    Composition of the atmosphere. Temperature and air mass. Atmospheric pressure and occurrence of winds. Precipitation and condensation processes. Climate zones. Weather prediction. Atmospheric pollution. Instrumentation and measurement.

    CE 6230 - Groundwater Hydrology

    Three credit-hours. Prerequisite: None. One four hours session per week.
    Description of the occurrence of groundwater and its relation to the hydrologic cycle. Study of the mechanics of flow in a porous media, groundwater movement and well hydraulics. Quality and pollution of groundwater. Saline water intrusion. Groundwater management and artificial recharge.

    CE 6240 - Urban Drainage

    Three credit-hours. Prerequisite: None. One four hours session per week Studies of storm water management in urban areas emphasizing storm drainage systems associated with transportation facilities and urbanized watersheds. Basic topics: a) Surface drainage systems design parameters and regulations, b) Flow in gutters, c) Drainage inlet and median channels analysis, d) Detention and retention storage facilities analysis.

    CE 6250 - Advanced Hydrologic and Hydraulic Modeling

    Three credit-hours. Prerequisite: None. One four hours session per week.
    Methods of modeling hydrologic and hydraulic systems are examined. Basic topics: a) Particular models, b) Model selection, c) Model calibration procedures, d) Model application to real cases.

    CE 6260 - Analysis and Restoration of Fluvial Systems

    Three credit-hours. Prerequisite: None. One four hours session per week.
    This is a practical course, which describes the characteristics, management and restoration of fluvial systems and their associated estuary and wetland habitats. It provides an integrated overview of the morphology, ecology, hydrology, hydraulics and sediment dynamics of both artificial and natural channels and their associated floodplains. Tools are presented to observe, sample, and interpret basic problems that affect fluvial systems, and to define and analyze restoration alternatives.

    CE 6270 - Sedimentation Engineering

    Three credit-hours. Prerequisite: None. One four hours session per week.
    Sediment transport Analysis and management in the fluvial environment. A practical course on the characteristics and management of fluvial sediments including: sediment characteristics, origin and transport of sediments, sampling and measurements of both coarse and fine sediment, initiation of motion, channel hydraulics and stability, numerical and physical modeling concepts, design of fixed and live bed channels. Includes practical applications in the area of reservoir design and management, bridge scour, intake design, and streambank erosion and design of naturalized channels.

    CE 6280 - Reservoir Analysis and Design

    Three credit-hours. Prerequisite: None. One four hours session per week.
    Physical characteristics of reservoirs: yield, capacity, reliability, sedimentation. Types of reservoirs. Forces on dams, gravity dams, arch dams, earth dams. Failure, safety and rehabilitation of dams. Spillways, gates and outlet structures.

    CE 6300 - Structural Engineering Laboratory

    Three credit-hours. Prerequisite: None. One four hours session per week.
    Experimental determination, and correlation with theoretical predictions of behavior of basic structures under static and dynamic loading conditions. Tests include tension, compression, fatigue, and strain gauge measurements.

    CE 6305 - Simulation Engineering Laboratory

    Three credit-hours. Prerequisite: None. One four hours session per week.
    The development of numerical structural system models. Applications of software system to design and analysis. Interactive design techniques of optimal design and structural element configuration. Experimental stress analysis using computer tools.

    CE 6315 - Analysis of Plates and Shells

    Three credit-hours. Prerequisite: None. One four hours session per week.
    Bending of flat plates. General theory. Folded plates. Slab action and beam behavior. Shear flow at plate intersections. Membrane stresses and displacement of shells of revolution. Bending stresses in circular domes. Synclastic surfaces. Cylindrical shells. Antiplastic surfaces. Hyperbolic paraboloid shells. Edge geometry and support conditions. Prestressing in plates and shells.

    CE 6320 - Advanced Strength of Materials

    Three credit-hours. Prerequisite: None. One four hours session per week.
    Theories of stress and strain, linear stress-strain. Temperature relations, inelastic material behavior, nonsymmetrical bending of straight beams, torsion, beams oil elastic foundations. Applications to cylindrical shells. Two-dimensional theory of elasticity. Matrix formulation.

    CE 6323 - Design of Composite Materials

    Three credit-hours. Prerequisite: None. One four hours session per week.
    Fibers and polymers. Pultrussion process. Micro and macro mechanics of a lamina. Lamination analysis. composite structures: beams, columns and plates. Mechanical testing of composites. Failure analysis. Viscoelastic analysis. Stability analysis. Sensitivity analysis.

    CE 6325 - Principles of Structural Stability

    Three credit-hours. Prerequisite: None. One four hours session per week.
    Integration of the neutral equilibrium differential equation in columns. Energy method. Principle of stationary total potential energy. Second order strains. Stress stiffness matrix in flexural members. Eigenvalue problem. Buckling of trusses and frames. Computer program. Torsional and torsional-flexural buckling of beams. Stress stiffness matrix plate elements. Local buckling. Inelastic effects.

    CE 6330 - Advanced Topics in Structural Engineering

    Three credit-hours. Prerequisite: None. One four hours session per week.
    Advanced matrix analysis methods. Applications to bar-element structures, with particular emphasis on the stiffness method application, computer implementation, and the usage of spreadsheets and analysis packages.

    CE 6335 - Advanced Foundations

    Three credit-hours. Prerequisite: None. One four hours session per week.
    The applications of the principles of soil mechanics to the design of foundations. Subsurface investigation. Design of footings, retaining walls, pile foundations, flexible retaining structures, anchor tie-backs, bridge piers, abutments, dewatering system, and underpinning. Case studies.

    CE 6340 - Advanced Bridge Design

    Three credit-hours. Prerequisite: None. One four hours session per week.
    Introduction to modern highway bridges. Design of concrete, steel and timber superstructures. Design of bridge substructure, including: piers, abutments and bearings. Bridge seismic analyses. Introduction to bridge inspection and maintenance.

    CE 6345 - Design of Reinforced Masonry Structures

    Three credit-hours. Prerequisite: None. One four hours session per week.
    Design of Masonry building structures using working stress and ultimate strength. Design methods. Lateral load distribution to shear walls. Design of shear and bearing masonry walls subjected to lateral and gravity load conditions. Quality control and construction of masonry structures. Reinforced masonry, system behavior state analysis.

    CE 6350 - Dynamics of Structures

    Three credit-hours. Prerequisite: None. One four hours session per week.
    Analysis and design of structures under time-dependent loads. Response of elastic damped and undamped structural systems. Vibration analysis for single and multiple lumped mass systems and continuous systems. Lagrange’s equation. Design for earthquake and impact loadings.

    CE 6355 - Advanced Earthquake Engineering

    Three credit-hours. Prerequisite: None. One four hours session per week.
    Earthquake characteristics and hazard. Overview of earthquake resistant design. Behavior of buildings. Design of moment resisting frames, walls, dual system, diaphragms. Design of foundation structures. Safety evaluation and strengthening of existing structures.

    CE 6357 - Wind Engineering

    Three credit-hours. Prerequisite: None. One four hours session per week.
    Introduction to Wind Engineering. Prediction of design wind speed and structural safety. Strong wind characteristics and turbulence. Basic bluff-body aerodynamics. Resonant dynamic response and effective static load distribution. Internal pressures. Laboratory simulation of strong winds and wind Graduate Catalog 2010-11 to 2011-12 31 228/nov/2011 Update Winter 2011 loads. Wind tunnel experiments. Wind loads in low-rise buildings, tall buildings, bridges and other types of structures.

    CE 6360 - Bridge Inspection, Rehabilitation, Repair and Management

    Three credit-hours. Prerequisite: None. One four hours session per week.
    Overview of the bridge engineering process: from the origins of bridge project through its design and the eventual maintenance and rehabilitation of a structure.

    CE 6370 - Finite Element Methods in Engineering

    Three credit-hours. Prerequisite: None. One four hours session per week.
    Generation of finite element stiffness matrix. Shape functions and generalized coordinates approach. Consistent load vector and thermal effects. Programming techniques. Plane elasticity. Isoparametric elements. Assumed stress hybrid approach. Rectangular, triangular and quadrilateral elements. Conforming and non-conforming plate bending elements. Stiffness matrix contribution of elastic foundation. Displacement constraints. Lagrange multipliers. Development of computer programs.

    CE 6375 - Advanced Finite Element Methods in Engineering

    Three credit-hours. Prerequisite: None. One four hours session per week.
    Semi-analytical finite element processes. Use of orthogonal functions and “finite strip” methods. Non-linear plasticity, creep, viscoplasticity. Non linear geometrically covering the large displacement and structural instability.

    CE 6378 - Advanced Reinforced Concrete Design

    Three credit-hours. Prerequisite: None. One four hours session per week.
    Advanced analysis and design of reinforced concrete structures. Short and slender columns and beam-columns. Torsion, shear in short elements. Bearing and shear walls. Two-way floor systems. Composite structures.

    CE 6380 - Non Linear Behavior of Concrete Structures

    Three credit-hours. Prerequisite: None. One four hours session per week.
    Geometrically non-linear and mechanically non-linear behavior of reinforced concrete elements. The moment-curvature responses and relationships. Mechanics fracture of concrete elements.

    CE 6385 - Advanced Steel Design

    Three credit-hours. Prerequisite: None. One four hours session per week.
    Behavior of elements subjected to tensile, bending, and compression forces. Design of connections. Design of plate-girders.

    CE 6390 - Lateral Load Distribution in Multistory Buildings

    Three credit-hours. Prerequisite: None. One four hours session per week.
    Stiffness matrix of frame elements. Shear wall representation as wide column. Coupling beams. Reduction of the building stiffness matrix to horizontal floor displacements. Floor center of rigidity and principal axes. Transformation of reduced stiffness matrix to principal displacements at shear centers. Lateral load vector as per current code. Diaphragm displacements and loads on parts of the lateral force resisting system. Detailed discussion of a special purpose computer software. Applications.

    CE 6395 - Nonlinear Analysis of Soil-Structure Interaction

    Three credit-hours. Prerequisite: None. One four hours session per week.
    Nonlinear stress-displacement relationship at soil-structure interface. Discussion of differences between granular and cohesive soils. Refined beam-column with five (5) degrees of freedom to allow distributed load between nodes. Element stiffness matrix and geometric non-linearity expressed by corresponding stability matrix. Analytical procedure to take into account the non-linear soil response by means of a corrective force vector. Discussion of computer software for calculation of ultimate pile lateral load capacity considering non-linear soil behavior and second order effects. Studies of bridge pile bent subjected to large lateral forces caused by extreme ground motion during earthquakes.

    CE 6410 - Water And Wastewater Treatment Applications

    Three credit-hours. Prerequisite: None. One four hours session per week.
    Development of sampling programs and experimental procedures to evaluate untreated water sources, and the treatment performance of potable water and wastewater unit processes. The results can be used to improve the operation and maintenance of existing facilities and the design of new facilities with confidence based on field data.

    CE 6420 - Fate and Transport of Contaminants in Soils

    Three credit-hours. Prerequisite: None. One four hours session per week.
    Engineering principles applied to the study of contamination and remediation of soils. Basic topics: a) Characteristics of soils, b) Origin and nature of soil contamination, c) Fate and Transport of contaminants in the subsoil, d) Remediation of soil contamination. Graduate Catalog 2010-11 to 2011-12 32 228/nov/2011 Update Winter 2011

    CE 6430 - Remediation in Contaminated Subsurface Environments

    Three credit-hours. Prerequisite: None. One four hours session per week.
    Remediation engineering: design and applications to emphasize the engineering aspects of using remediation process for the treatment of contaminated soils, sludge, and groundwater.

    CE 6440 - Physical and Chemical Treatment Processes of Water and Wastewater

    Three credit-hours. Prerequisite: None. One four hours session per week.
    Physical and chemical characteristics of water and wastewater. Analysis of the theory and applications of physical and chemical processes to the treatment of water and wastewater: screening, sedimentation, thickening, dissolved air flotation, coagulation, chemical precipitation, mixing, flocculation, filtration, electrodialysis and pressure membranes, adsorption, aeration, absorption and stripping, water softening, water stabilization, ion exchange, and disinfection. Design criteria and evaluation techniques for these processes. Chemical requirements and sludge production calculations.

    CE 6450 - Biological Wastewater Treatment Processes

    Three credit-hours. Prerequisite: None. One four hours session per week.
    Fundamentals of biochemical operations for wastewater treatment. Modeling of ideal suspended growth reactors. Techniques for evaluating kinetic and stoichiometric parameters. Design and evaluation of suspended growth processes: activated sludge, biological nutrient removal processes, aerobic digestion, anaerobic processes, and lagoons. Modeling of ideal attached growth reactors. Biofilm modeling. Design and evaluation of attached growth processes: trickling filters, rotating biological contactors, and submerged attached growth bioreactors.

    CE 6460 - Water Quality Control and Management

    Three credit-hours. Prerequisite: None. One four hours session per week.
    Study of the water quality control framework, based on the Clean Water Act (CWA) and the Safe Water Drinking Act (SDWA). Basic topics: a) Clean Water Act b) Safe Drinking Water Act, c) Detection and Monitoring, d) Treatment and Quality Control.

    CE 6512 - Value Engineering

    Three credit-hours. Prerequisite: None. One four hours session per week.
    Fundamentals of value engineering Project Budgeting. Budgeting techniques. Cost control. Cost models. Planning for value engineering. Human factor. Case studies.

    CE 6520 - Construction Contracting and Procurement

    Three credit-hours. Prerequisite: None. One four hours session per week.
    Project delivery methods. Contract participants and roles. Contract forms and clauses. Contract documents interpretation and modifications. Construction Contract Administration. Alternative Dispute Resolution.

    CE 6530 - Schedule Impact Analysis

    Three credit-hours. Prerequisite: None. One four hours session per week.
    Scheduling specifications. Time Impact Analysis Techniques. Construction delay claims. Damages quantification. Schedule claims preparation/presentation/defense.

    CE 6532 - Construction Cost Control

    Three credit-hours. Prerequisite: None. One four hours session per week.
    Construction financial management. Accounting for construction financial resources. Managing costs and profits. Managing cash flows. Managing assets and debt. Financial decisions.

    CE 6534 - Construction Productivity Improvement

    Three credit-hours. Prerequisite: None. One four hours session per week.
    Construction Supervisor Skills. Productivity impact factors. Lost productivity quantification. Sub-contractors management. Record keeping, control, changes and defect analysis. Use of new technology to increase productivity.

    CE 6540 - Construction Equipment Administration

    Three credit-hours. Prerequisite: None. One four hours session per week.
    Construction Equipment Management. Organizational Structures for EM. Economics / Operation / Mechanics of Construction Equipment Systems. Performance and Productivity Measures. Automation in Equipment Management (EM).

    CE 6542 - Construction Material Management

    Three credit-hours. Prerequisite: None. One four hours session per week.
    Material Management Systems. Total Material Costs. Materials requirements planning. Total Quality Management. lust-in-Time concept. Vendor evaluation. Purchasing. Expediting. Field control. Automation in Material Management.

    CE 6544 - Hazardous Material Management

    Three credit-hours. Prerequisite: None. One four hours session per week.
    Graduate Catalog 2010-11 to 2011-12 33 228/nov/2011 Update Winter 2011 This course covers the safety, health and transportation regulations of hazardous materials according to Federal and Local Agencies Regulations, such as: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and Department of Transportation (DOT).

    CE 6550 - Construction Inspections

    Three credit-hours. Prerequisite: None. One four hours session per week.
    Fundamentals of engineering construction inspections. Specifications writing. Contracts. Qualifications & requirements. Inspections procedures. Roles, duties and allocations of responsibilities. Project coordination. Project location. Standards and codes. Guidelines for inspectors. Field inspections. Structural inspections. Geotechnical inspections.

    CE 6560 - Construction Safety Planning & Regulations

    Three credit-hours. Prerequisite: None. One four hours session per week.
    Fundamentals of safety in construction industry. Construction accidents. Safety plan development. Safety management during construction project. OSHA regulations and compliance. Jobsite assessment. Safety record keeping. Safety meetings. Subcontractors.

    CE 6570- Modern Construction Materials Three credit-hours. Prerequisite: None. One four hours session per week. This course discusses the production, properties, and performance of modern construction materials and their application on special construction environments.

    CE 6580-Temporary Structures in Construction

    Three credit-hours. Prerequisite: None. One four hours session per week.
    Fundamentals of temporary structures in construction industry. Technical, business, and legal aspects to build and maintain different temporary support and access structures. Erection and earthwork equipment. Dewatering. Underground support. Construction ramps, runways and platforms. Concrete formwork. Falsework. Protection of site.

    CE 6900 - Introduction to Research in Civil Engineering

    Three credit-hours. Prerequisite: None. One four hours session per week.
    This course introduces students to the different stages of a formal research process in engineering sciences. Emphasis is given to the first steps of the process, that lead to the development of a thesis (project) proposal: topic selection, formulation of preliminary objectives, development of a comprehensive literature review, and definition of the research project objectives, scope, methodology, and schedule of activities.

    CE 6901 - Master’s Thesis Dissertation

    Six credit-hours. Prerequisite: Graduate Program Coordinator Approval. One four hours session per week.
    Experimental and/or theoretical research to be presented in thesis for degree requirements.

    CE 6902 - Extension of Master’s Thesis Dissertation

    Zero credit-hours. Prerequisite: Graduate Program Coordinator Approval. One four hours session per week.
    Extension to complete the experimental and/or theoretical research to be presented in thesis for degree requirements.

    CE 6905 - Master Project, "Final Project"

    Three credit-hours. Prerequisite: Graduate Program Coordinator Approval. One four hours session per week.
    Development of a design project covering all relevant aspects and using advanced analysis and design techniques.

    CE 6906 - Extension of Master Project, "Final Project"

    Zero credit-hours. Prerequisite: Graduate Program Coordinator Approval. One four hours session per week.
    Extension to complete the development of a design project covering all relevant aspects, and using advanced structural analysis and design techniques.

    CE 6910 - Comprehensive Examination

    Zero credit-hours. Prerequisite: Graduate Program Coordinator Approval. One four hours session per week.
    Written and oral comprehensive exams on the major field of study.

    CE 6999 - Special Topics in Civil Engineering

    Three credit-hours. Prerequisite: Graduate Program Coordinator Approval. One four hours session per week.
    Special topics in any areas of civil engineering.
  • Civil Engineering : Graduate Program
  • Thesis and Projects

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