Please use the Registrar’s Schedule of Courses for a list of C E courses offered for a specific semester.


C E 209 FUNDAMENTALS OF SURVEYING (2) Fundamental surveying measurements, traverse computations, coordinate geometry, mapping, CAD applications. Intended for architectural engineering students only. The lecture will be taught concurrently with C E 310. Lab. Prerequisites: E G 130, MATH 141. 

C E 310 SURVEYING (3) Fundamental surveying measurements, traverse computations, coordinate geometry, mapping, GPS and GIS, circular and parabolic curves, earthwork, boundary surveys, CAD applications. Prerequisities: EDSGN 100, MATH 141. 

C E 321 HIGHWAY ENGINEERING (3) Highway engineering principles, vehicle and driver characteristics; geometric and pavement design; highway drainage; traffic engineering, capacity analysis, and signal timing. Lab. Prerequisite: C E 310. 

C E 332 PROJECT DEVELOPMENT (3) Introduction to engineering management process; economic analysis; pricing; contract documents; estimating; ethics; professional practice and engineering economy. Prerequisite: None. 

C E 335 ENGINEERING MECHANICS OF SOILS (3) Soil compositions, classification, subsurface exploration, ground water flow, stress analysis, compaction, soil behavior, bearing capacity, lateral earth pressure, slope stability. Prerequisites: E MCH 213. Prerequisite or concurrent: GEOSC 001. 

C E 336 MATERIALS SCIENCE FOR CIVIL ENGINEERS (3) Introduction to civil engineering materials; their structure and behavior; relationship between structure and behavior. Prerequisites: E MCH 213. Prerequisite or concurrent: STAT 401. 

C E 337 CIVIL ENGINEERING MATERIALS LABORATORY (1) Laboratory investigating the physical and mechanical properties of civil engineering materials: soils, aggregates, concrete, steel; wood; and polymers. Prerequisites: C E 335 or C E 336 or concurrent. 

C E 340 STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS (3) Analysis of statically determinate and indeterminate trusses, beams, and frames; reactions, axial forces, shears, moments, deflections. Introduction to influence lines. Prerequisite: E MCH 213. Prerequisite or concurrent: CMPSC 201 or CMPSC 202. 

C E 341 DESIGN OF CONCRETE STRUCTURES (3) Design of reinforced concrete beams, slabs, and columns, with emphasis on ultimate-strength methods; prestressed concrete; building and bridge applications. Prerequisite: C E 340. Prerequisite or concurrent: C E 336. 

C E 342 DESIGN OF STEEL STRUCTURES (3) Design of steel tension members, beams, columns, beam- columns, and connections; elastic and plastic methods; design applications. Prerequisites: C E 336, 340. 

C E 360 FLUID MECHANICS (3) Mechanics of fluids, flow in conduits and around bodies, friction and energy loss, fluid measurements. Prerequisite: E MCH 212. 

C E 370 INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING (3) Nature and scope of environmental issues; air, water, land impacts; fundamentals and processes of pollution control. Prerequisites: CHEM 110; MATH 111 or 141. 

C E 371 WATER AND WASTEWATER TREATMENT (3) Water treatment; water storage; design of water distribution and wastewater systems; pumping stations. Prerequisites: C E 360, 370. 

C E 410W SUSTAINABLE RESIDENTIAL SUBDIVISION DESIGN (3) Residential subdivision process; site selection; conservation and neo-traditional design; utility design and layout; Best Management Practices for erosion and stormwater. Prerequisites: A E 372 or C E 332; 7th semester-standing in Architectural or Civil Engineering. 

C E 421W TRANSPORTATION DESIGN (3) Design of streets and highway facilities; emphasis on geometric elements, intersections and interchanges, roadway drainage, and pavement design. Prerequisite: C E 321. 

C E 422 TRANSPORTATION PLANNING (3) Transportation systems planning, programming, and management; modeling and simulation, data collection, analysis, and forecasting. Prerequisite: 3 credits in probability or statistics. 

C E 423 TRAFFIC OPERATIONS (3) The highway capacity manual, concepts and analyses, freeway operations, signalized and unsignalized intersections, signal coordination, traffic impact studies. Prerequisite: C E 321.

C E 432 CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGEMENT (3) Fundamentals of project management, construction scheduling using the CPM technique, construction project preplanning and control of quality, safety, and costs. Prerequisite: C E 332. 

C E 434 GEOTECHNOCAL ENGINEERING DESIGN (3) Fundamental engineering geology, subsurface exploration including geophysical techniques, principles of shallow and deep foundation designs, slope stability, geosynthetics design, groundwater and drainage, and geotechnical earthquake engineering.

C E 435 FOUNDATION ENGINEERING (3) Bearing capacity, settlement, and structural design of shallow foundations; lateral earth pressure; retaining and sheet-pile walls; introduction to deep foundations. Prerequisite: C E 335. Prerequisite or concurrent: C E 341. 

C E 436 CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING MATERIALS (3) Design, production, application, specification, and quality control of construction materials unique to civil engineering. Prerequisites: C E 336, STAT 401. 

C E 437 ENGINEERING MATERIALS FOR SUSTAINABILITY (3) Environmental impact of materials; life-cycle assessment; material selection to optimize performance; design, evaluation, and production of green construction materials. Prerequisites: C E 336 or equivalent. 

C E 439W GEOTECHNICAL AND MATERIALS ENGINEERING DESIGN CAPSTONE (3) Subsuface site evaluation; integrated design of retaining walls, foundations, pavements, and materials for airports, highways, dams, or other facilities. Prerequisites: C E 435, and either C E 436 or C E 437. 

C E 441 STRUCTURAL DESIGN OF FOUNDATIONS (3) Design of concentrically and eccentrically loaded square, rectangular, and combined footings; analysis and design of mat foundations; retaining walls; piles caps; flexible retaining design, and caissons. Prerequisite: C E 341. 

C E 447 STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS BY MATRIX METHODS (3) Analysis of truss and frame structures using flexibility and stiffness methods of matrix analysis. Computer applications. Prerequisite: C E 340. 

C E 448W ADVANCED STRUCTURAL DESIGN (3) Wind, snow, seismic, bridge loads, building design using steel, concrete, and prestressed concrete; advanced steel connections; capstone project; computer applications. Prerequisite: C E 342, C E 441; Prerequisite or concurrent: ENGL 202C. 

C E 461 WATER-RESOURCE ENGINEEERING (3) Qualitative and quantitative description of the hydrologic cycle, flood and drought frequency analysis, climiate and land usse change impacts, risk analysis and uncertainty, water resource management at regional, national and global scale. Prerequisite: C E 360. 

C E 462 OPEN CHANNEL HYDRAULICS (3) Free surface flow in rivers, canals, steep chutes, stilling basins, and transitions. Prerequisite: C E 360. 

C E 465W WATER RESOURCES CAPSTONE COURSE (3) Hydraulic design of river structures and open channels including supercritical and spatially varied flow; hydrologic/hydraulic computer modeling, design project. Prerequisite: C E 461. Prerequisite or concurrent: C E 462 

C E 472W ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING CAPSTONE DESIGN (3) Principles and design of unit operations for water; domestic and industrial wastewater treatment; equipment selection and application. Prerequisites: C E 370, C E 371. 

C E 475 WATER QUALITY CHEMISTRY (4) Chemistry applicable to the understanding and analysis of water quality, pollution, and treatment. Prerequisites: C E 370, CHEM 110, CHEM 111. 

C E 476 SOLID AND HAZARDOUS WASTES (3) Characteristics and treatment of solid wastes and hazardous wastes. Prerequisites: C E 370. 

C E 479 ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY FOR ENGINEERS (3) Intro microbiology for engineers; microbe structure, function, and diversity; environmental ecosystems; diagnostic labs. Prerequisite: CHEM 111, C E 370. 

C E 494 SENIOR THESIS (1-9) Students must have approval of a thesis adviser before scheduling this course. 

C E 494H HONORS SENIOR THESIS (1-6) Investigation of an original project in the area of Civil Engineering. 

C E 511 ENGINEERING SOIL CHARACTERISTICS (3) Applications of physico-chemical principles in soils engineering; soil composition; factors influencing engineering soil properties. 

C E 512 SOIL MECHANICS II (3) Evaluation of strength parameters and compressibility of soils; elastic analysis of stress and strain; techniques of forecasting foundation settlement; slope stability analysis. 

C E 513 ADVANCED FOUNDATION ENGINEERING (3) Practical applications of soil every mechanics principles to geotechnical engineering problems; dewatering techniques; design of deep foundations and retaining structures. 

C E 521 TRANSPORTATION NETWORKS AND SYSTEMS ANALYSIS (3) Techniques of transportation network, user, stochastic user, and variable demand equilibrium; transportation activity system; computer simulation techniques and forecasting methods. 

C E 522 TRAFFIC SIMULATION AND CONTROL (3) Simulation theory, traffic modeling using GPSS, traffic signal optimization using TEXAS, EVIPAS, PASSERII, TRANSYT-7F, TRAF-NETSIM, FRESIM and CORFLO. 

C E 523 ANALYSIS OF TRANSPORTATION DEMAND (3) Theories of travel behavior, least squares and maximum likelihood, estimation methods, continuous dependent variable models, utility maximization, discrete econometric techniques. 

C E 525 TRAFFIC FLOW THEORY (3) Microscopic and macroscopic characteristics of traffic, fundamental equations, traffic stream models, shock waves, queuing theory. 

C E 526 HIGHWAY AND STREET DESIGN (3) Technical analysis of the design elements of roadways, alinement, cross-section features, and intersection and interchange design considerations. 

C E 527 ROADSIDE DESIGN AND MANAGEMENT (3) Roadside safety and design, safety management, pavement management, lighting, signs, signals, and markings, clear zone, guiderail, impact attenuators. 

C E 528 TRANSPORTATION SAFETY ANALYSIS (3) Issues and methods in transportation safety analysis; factors contributing to crashes; crash causation; modeling accident occurence; identifying sites for treatment. 

C E 531 LEGAL ASPECTS OF ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION (3) Basis legal doctrines, contractual relationships between parties, analysis of construction contract clauses, contract performance, and professional practice problems. 

C E 533 CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTIVITY ANALYSIS AND PERFORMANCE EVALUATION(3) Construction productivity concepts and models; productivity measurement, control, and forecasting; analysis of factors affecting productivity; methods improvement techniques. 

C E 539 APPROXIMATE METHODS OF STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS (3) Structural analysis through the application of initial-value methods, Newmark's method, Fourier series, finite difference techniques, and work and energy procedures.

C E 540 STATICALLY INDETERMINATE STRUCTURES (3) Analysis of statically indeterminate straight/curved beams, grids, 2D/3D frames, arches, cables, and shells using classical and modern techniques.

C E 541 STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS (3) Theory of various finite elements as applied to civil engineering structures. Term paper required.

C E (A E) 542 BUILDING ENCLOSURE SCIENCE AND DESIGN (3) The building enclosure: nature,importance, loadings; building science: control of heat, moisture, air, hygrothermal analysis; design: walls, windows, roofs, joints.

C E 543 PRESTRESSED CONCRETE BEHAVIOR AND DESIGN (3) Design and behavior of prestressed concrete structures: materials and systems losses, flexure, shear, bond, deflections, partial prestressing, continuous beams.

C E 544 DESIGN OF REINFORCED CONCRETE STRUCTURES (3) Advanced topics in design of reinforced concrete structures. Torsion and shear; beam moment-curvature; two-way slab systems; slender columns; strut-and-tie methodology.

C E 545 METAL STRUCTURE BEHAVIOR AND DESIGN (3) Design philosophies and basis; seismic loading; fatigue; bending, column, plate, and beam-column stability; tapered members; torsion; connections; bracing; frame stability.

C E 546 REINFORCED CONCRETE SLABS (3) Behavior, analysis, and design of floor systems; elastic, ACI Code method, yield line theory; two-way, flat slab, flat plate.

C E 548 STRUCTURAL DESIGN FOR DYNAMIC LOADS (3) Dynamic behavior of structural systems of one or more degrees of freedom; earthquake, blast-resistant analysis, and design of structures.

C E 549 BRIDGE ENGINEERING I (3) Design and engineering of modern steel and concrete bridge structures; loading; analysis; design.

C E 550 ENGINEERING CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT (3) Management fundamentals for construction contracting; organization, project planning, scheduling and control, bonding and insurance, labor legislation and regulation, cost and control. 

C E 551 RANDOM PROCESSES IN HYDROLOGIC SYSTEMS (3) Application of statistics, probability theory, stochastic modeling, and decision theory in the analysis, design, and management of water resource systems. 

C E 552 COASTAL AND NEARSHORE PROCESSES (3) Hydrodynamics of the near-shore environment, including waves, currents, and storm surges. Coastal response, sediment transport, engineering structures. 

C E 555 GROUNDWATER HYDROLOGY: ANALYSIS AND MODELING (3) Introduction to groundwater resource analysis, model formulation, simulation, and design of water resource systems using symbolic and numerical methods. 

C E 556 TRACER AND CONTAMINANT TRANSPORT IN GROUNDWATER (3) Introduction to the processes and mathematical models for tracer and contaminant transport in groundwater systems. 

C E 561 SURFACE HYDROLOGY (3) Quantification of the processes that govern the movement and storage of water near the land-surface including precipitation, evapotranspiration, and runoff. 

C E 563 SYSTEMS OPTIMIZATION USING EVOLUTIONARY ALGORITHMS (3) Comprehensive introduction to genetic and evolutionary computation: genetic algorithms, evolutionary strategies, multi-opjective optimization, parallelization approaches, and fitness approximation.

C E 564 SEDIMENT TRANSPORT IN ALLUVIAL STREAMS (3) River flow, river channel formation, the physical characteristics of rivers, responses of rivers to natural and human-made changes. 

C E 566 UNCERTAINTY AND RELIABILITY IN CIVIL ENGINEERING(3) Introduction to probabilistic modeling, simulation, uncertainty analysis, and reliability estimates applied to civil engineering. 

C E 567 RIVER ENGINEERING (3) Introduction to river mechanics and fluvial geomorphology applied to problems of sediment transport and channel morphology. 

C E 570 ENVIRONMENTAL AQUATIC CHEMISTRY (3) Speciation, reactivity, and distribution of contaminants in water, with emphasis in inorganic chemicals. 

C E 571 PHYSICAL-CHEMICAL TREATMENT PROCESSES (3) The theory of physical-chemical processes used in the treatment of potable water and municipal and industrial wastewaters. 

C E 572 BIOLOGICAL TREATMENT PROCESSES (3) The theory of biological processes used in the treatment of municipal and industrial wastewaters. 

C E 573 FATE AND TRANSPORT OF HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS (3) Theory, measurement, and estimation of the transformations of hazardous materials in ambient environments. 

C E 574 LABORATORY ANALYSES IN WATER QUALITY CONTROL (3) Experiments illustrating current chemical and biochemical methods of water and waste treatment and analytical methods used in research and control. 

C E 575 INDUSTRIAL WASTE MANAGEMENT (3) Surveys and analysis, pollution prevention, regulatory requirements, treatment and disposal of liquid, gaseous and solid residues. 

C E 576 ENVIRONMENTAL TRANSPORT PROCESSES (3) Fundamentals of chemical transport in engineered environments, such as biofilm reactors, and natural systems, including aquifers and rivers. 

C E 577 TREATMENT PLANT DESIGN (3) Design of works for the treatment of water and wastewater for municipalities and industries. 

C E 578 GROUNDWATER REMEDIATION (3) Application of fundamental physical/chemical/biological processes in natural and engineered systems for remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater.

C E 579 ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION MICROBIOLOGY (3) Fundamentals of microorganisms in water and wastewater treatment; indicators of pollution; activities of microorganisms in polluted waters, including biogeochemical cycles. 

C E 580 HYDRODYNAMIC MIXING PROCESSES (3) Physical mixing proceses in rivers, estuaries, lakes, and oceans. Analytic methods and computational modeling.

C E 581 PAVEMENT MANAGEMENT AND REHABILITATION (3) Techniques of network and project level pavement management, field evaluation methods and equipment, maintenance and rehabilitation strategies, overlay design procedures. 

C E 582 PAVEMENT DESIGN AND ANALYSIS (3) Viscoelastic analysis; non-linear analysis; fatigue and permanent deformation; back-calculation of layer moduli; mechanistic-empirical design methods. 

C E 583 BITUMINOUS MATERIALS AND MIXTURES (3) Composition, physical behavior, production and performance of bituminous materials and mixtures. 

C E 584 CONCRETE MATERIALS AND PROPERTIES (3) Study of concrete properties and associated variables, prediction models, testing, preventative measures, pozzolans, admixtures. 

C E 590 COLLOQUIUM (1) Continuing seminars which consist of a series of individual lectures by faculty, students or outside speakers.

C E 591 ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING SEMINAR (1) Seminar topics selected by faculty and students based on research interests on topics related to environmental engineering and science.

C E 592 ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING & SCIENCE TOPICS (1) Current topics in environmental engineering and sciences.

C E 596 INDEPENDENT STUDIES (1-18) Students must have the consent and approval of the instructor before scheduling this course.

C E 597 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-9) Students must have the consent and approval of the instructor before scheduling this course.

C E 597E NON-DESTRUCTIVE EVALUATIONS AND SITE CHARACTERIZATION (3) This course provides the theoretical and practical foundations for a broad range of non-destructive evaluation (NDE) and near-surface geophysical seismic techniques.



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