Civil Engineering

The goal of the Civil Engineering Program at the Polytechnic University 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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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 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 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.

Outcome

The graduates of the Civil Engineering Program will have:

 

1. An ability to identify, formulate, analyze, and solve complex engineering problems in at least four civil engineering technical areas (structural, geotechnical, transportation, water resources, environmental, and construction engineering) by applying principles of engineering, basic sciences, mathematics through differential equations, and probability and statistics.

2. An ability to apply engineering principles and basic concepts in project management, business, and public policy to design a system, component, or process in at least two civil engineering technical areas to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.

3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.

4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional licensure responsibilities in civil engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, societal, and sustainability contexts.

5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.

6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data in at least two civil engineering technical areas, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.

7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Enrollment

ACADEMIC YEAR ENROLLMENT
2014-2015 14
2015-2016 23
2016-2017 18
2017-2018 17
2018-2019 20

Graduation Data

ACADEMIC YEAR Degrees Awarded
2011-2012 5
2012-2013 4
2013-2014 4
2014-2015 0
2015-2016 7
2016-2017 3
2017-2018 0
2018-2019 0

Curriculum

BS.CE-1
BS.CE-2

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 30 CREDIT-HOURS)

COURSE TITLE CREDIT-HOURS

  • MATH 0102 Preparatory Mathematics
  • MATH 0106 Elementary Algebra
  • MATH 0110 Intermediate Algebra
  • MATH 1330 Pre-calculus I
  • MATH 1340 Pre-calculus II
  • ENGL 0100 Preparatory English
  • ENGL 0110 English Grammar
  • ESL 0100 Beginner English as a Second Language
  • ESL 0110 Intermediate English as a Second Language
  • ESL 0120 Advanced English as a Second Language

Course Description

ENGL 0100 Preparatory English

Three credit-hours. Pre-requisites: NONE

The course is designed to develop basic written and oral skills. It promotes oral communication and personal expression, giving special emphasis to the development of vocabulary. By performing language functions, students acquire the basic skills of the English language.

ENGL 0110 English Grammar

Three credit-hours. Pre-requisites: ENGL 0100 or Placement by Admission Office.

Fundamental course in language designed to provide students with grammar skills in English for listening and writing with emphasis in increasing student’s capability of developing logical thinking both in speaking and writing. 

MATH 0102 Preparatory Mathematics

Three credit-hours. Pre-requisites: Placement Test by Admission Office

Study of basic operations on natural, whole integers, rationals, irrational numbers. Includes also fundamental properties of arithmetic, percent, ratio and elements of algebra; polynomial-basic operations; algebraic fractions; exponents and radicals and applications. A grade of “C” or better must be earned for placement in the next course.

MATH 0110 Algebra

Three credit-hours. Pre-requisites: MATH 0102 or Equivalent: Placement Test by Admission Office

This course includes the study of linear and nonlinear inequalities in one variable, inequalities and equations with absolute value; linear and quadratic equations, functions with applications, and relations and functions with its graphs. Includes also the study of algebra of functions, special functions, operations with functions, and inverse functions. A grade of “C” or better must be earned for placement in the next course.

MATH 1330 Pre-calculus I

Three credit-hours. Pre-requisites: MATH 0110 or equivalent; Placement Test by Admission Office.

Relations and functions; curve sketching, rational function, polynomial function, synthetic division, remainder and factor theorems, zeros of polynomials, graphs, trigonometric function and graphs, sine and cosine laws, solutions of right and oblique triangle, identities and trigonometric equations, and inverse function.

MATH 1340 Pre-calculus II

Three credit-hours. Pre-requisites: MATH 1330 or equivalent; Placement Test by Admission Office.

This course includes the study of trigonometry and its applications, complex numbers operations and De Moivre’s Theorem, matrix and linear algebra, study of system of linear equations, determinants and Cramer Rule, vectors, analytic geometry and conic sections, exponential and logarithmic functions and its applications.

ENC 1101 English Composition I

Three credit-hours. Pre-requisites: ENC 1003 or Placement by Admission Office

This is a required general education course in college-level writing. Emphasis is placed on unified, coherent, and organized essay writing. Sentence and paragraph structure and writing fundamentals will also be reviewed.

ENC 1102 English Composition II

Three credit-hours. Pre-requisites: ENC 1101

This is a required general education course in college level writing and builds on the foundation of English Composition I. Further development of the students’ skills in composition, essay, communication, and research are included. 

ETH 2020 Ethics In Engineering

Three credit-hours. Pre-requisite: None

Study of the philosophical and legal aspects of ethics and their application to the professional responsibility in the field of engineering.

SPC 1026 Fundamentals of Speech Communications

Three credit-hours. Pre-requisites: ENC 1101

This course reviews the oral communication skills necessary for success in the student’s personal, professional and educational settings. The student will develop appropriate communication behaviors. 

WOH 2012 World Civilization I

Three credit-hours. Pre-requisites: NONE

A survey course emphasizing world civilizations from the prehistoric period to the 18th century. Discussion traces events which have shaped our cultural history. 

ARH 1000 Art Appreciation

Three credit-hours. Pre-requisites: NONE

A chronological survey of the visual arts from pre-history to modern day. Students’ will discover the visual arts as an important social force throughout history. 

HUE 1999 Selected Topics in Humanities

Three credit-hours. Pre-requisites: NONE

In-depth, intensive study of selected topics in the area of Humanities. If different topics are studied, this course may be taken twice for credit.

HUM 1020 Humanities

Three credit-hours. Pre-requisites: NONE

A basic approach to the creative ideas, works, and accomplishments of various cultures from the areas of art, drama, music, and literature. 

LIT 2411 Literature and Culture Issues

Three credit-hours. Pre-requisites: NONE

In this course the student will delve into the basics of literature. The creation of imaginative literature will be reviewed as well as the aesthetic value. Consideration will be given to techniques and theories with the focus on practical criticism. Several genres and literary periods will be studied. 

MUL 1010 Music Appreciation

Three credit-hours. Pre-requisites: NONE

A chronological survey of music from pre-history to modern day. Students will discover music as an important social force throughout history. 

SPN 1120 Elementary Spanish I

Three credit-hours. Pre-requisites: NONE

A course designed for beginners to acquire proficiency in the basic skills of Spanish listening/understanding, speaking, reading, and writing. Emphasis is placed on vocabulary and pronunciations. 

MATH 1350 Calculus I

Four credit-hours. Pre-requisite: MATH 1340 or equivalent

This course will acquaint the student with the concepts of limits and their properties, the derivative and its applications; finding derivatives by means of rules; chain rule, higher order derivatives; maxima and minima; related rates of changes; curve sketching using derivatives, definite and indefinite integral; area under a curve, differentiation and integration of logarithmic, exponential and other transcendental functions; Inverse trigonometric functions, hyperbolic functions: differentiation and integration; area between curves, volumes of solids of revolutions; arc length, surfaces of revolution; moments, centers of mass and centroids.

MATH 1360 Calculus II

Four credit-hours. Pre-requisite: MATH 1350

This course will acquaint the student with the concepts of limits and their properties, the derivative and its applications; finding derivatives by means of rules; chain rule, higher order derivatives; maxima and minima; related rates of changes; curve sketching using derivatives, definite and indefinite integral; area under a curve, differentiation and integration of logarithmic, exponential and other transcendental functions; Inverse trigonometric functions, hyperbolic functions: differentiation and integration; area between curves, volumes of solids of revolutions; arc length, surfaces of revolution; moments, centers of mass and centroids.

MATH 1370 Calculus III

Four credit-hours. Pre-requisite: MATH 1360

This course will acquaint the student with the concepts of:  vectors-valued functions: differentiation and integration, velocity and acceleration, tangent and normal vectors, arc length and curvature. Includes the study of function of several variables: limit, continuity, partial derivatives and their applications, LaGrange multipliers; multiple integrals and their applications, change of variables: polar coordinates, cylindrical and spherical coordinates, vector fields, line integrals, conservative vector fields, Stokes’s, Green’s and Gauss’s Theorems.

MATH 2350 Differential Equations

Three credit-hours. Prerequisites: Math 1360

The course includes the study of ordinary differential equations of first and second order; higher order equations; the fundamental existence theorem; modeling and its applications, and Laplace transforms. It emphasizes concepts of fundamental solution sets, linear independence and superposition principle along with solution methods and their applications in the fields of mechanical vibrations, and electrical networks.

SCIE 1210 Introduction to General Chemistry

Four credit-hours. Pre-requisite: MATH 1340 or equivalent

This course emphasizes in: Principles of chemistry, principles of stoichiometry, solutions, thermo chemistry, atomic and molecular structure, and gases. 

SCIE 1211 Introduction to General Chemistry Lab

Zero credit hour. Pre-requisite: MATH 1340 or equivalent. Co-requisites: SCIE 1210

This course is designed to provide the beginning chemistry student exposure to the basic techniques of laboratory work and the practical experience necessary to better the general information presented in the text and lecture.

SCIE 1430 Physics I

Four credit-hours. Pre-requisite: MATH 1350 or equivalent

This course will emphasize the principles and applications of basic mechanics, simple harmonic motion, waves, sound, and fluids dynamics. Calculus is emphasized throughout the course.

SCIE 1431 Physics I Lab

One credit hour. Pre-requisite: Math 1350 or equivalent. Co-requisites: SCIE 1430

Three-hour laboratory period per week. The first of a sequence of two laboratory courses. The experiences of this laboratory are designed to complement the Physics I.

SCIE 1440 Physics II

Four credit-hours. Pre-requisite: SCIE 1430, SCIE 1431, MATH 1350

This course will emphasizes the principles and applications of general thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism. Calculus is emphasized throughout the course.

SCIE 1441 Physics II Lab

One credit hour. Pre-requisite: SCIE 1430, SCIE 1431

Three-hour laboratory period per week. The second of a sequence of two laboratory courses. The experiences of this laboratory are designed to complement the Physics II.

PSY 2012 Introduction to Psychology

Three credit-hours. Pre-requisites: NONE

This course is designed to be an overview of the field of psychology. It provides a basic understanding of human behavior. 

SSE 1999 Selected Topics in the Social Sciences

Three credit-hours. Pre-requisites: NONE

In-depth, intensive study of selected topics in the area of Social Sciences. If different topics are studied, this course may be taken twice for credit. 

SYG 2000 Introduction to Sociology

Three credit-hours. Pre-requisites: NONE

An overview of society with emphasis on the relationships between human culture and the individual. It looks at cultural norms, the organization of society, human behavior in groups, social institutions, and the implications of social change.

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.

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 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.

ENGI 2110 Engineering Mechanics, Statics

Three credit-hours. Pre-requisites: MATH 1360 and SCIE 1430. Co-requisite: MATH 1370

Analysis of force systems. Vectors. Laws of equilibrium of particles and rigid bodies. Structural analysis of trusses, frames, and machines. Center of gravity and moments of inertia. Internal forces. Friction. 

ENGI 2260 Engineering Economics

Three credit-hours. Pre-requisite: MATH 1350

Introduction to economic evaluation of investments for engineering projects. Life cycle costing. Depreciation and income tax determination. Replacement analysis. Evaluation of public projects.

ENGI 2410 Engineering Mechanics, Dynamics

Three credit-hours. Pre-requisite: ENGI 2110. Co-requisites: MATH 2350

Differential Equations Kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies. Work and Energy and Impulse and Momentum methods.

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.

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.

ENGI 2120 Mechanics of Materials

Three credit-hours. Pre-requisite: ENGI 2110

Introduction to the mechanics of deformable bodies. Study and analysis of stresses and strains on connections and bar elements subjected to axial, torsional, and transverse loads. Internal forces as stress resultants; shear force and bending moment diagrams. Analysis of structural elements subjected to combined stresses. Transformation of stresses, Mohr´s Circle. Column stability analysis and buckling. 

ENGI 2420 Fluid Mechanics

Three credit-hours. Pre-requisites: ENGI 2410

Study of the fundamentals of fluid mechanics. Fluid Statics. Fluid kinematics. Control volume analysis: conservation of mass, momentum.

ENGI 2421 Fluid Mechanics Laboratory

One credit hour. Pre-requisite: ENGI 2420, ENGI 2270

Hands on experiences on the fundamentals of fluid mechanics. Error and statistical analysis of experimental data. Conservation of mass, momentum, and energy. Hydrostatic. Flow and pressure measurements. Friction on pipes and accessories. 

SURV 2095 Principles of Surveying for Engineers Laboratory

One credit-hour. Prerequisites: CEE 2110, CEE 2210

Through conferences and field practice, the student will be exposed to the basic Surveying concepts applicable for route design and construction.

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.

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.

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 Laboratory

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.