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Summer Online Courses

Online courses in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering are structured to give students the same high-quality learning available in the classroom. All of our online courses:

  • Give students the flexibility to combine online and on-campus learning to best fit their scholastic needs
  • Utilize modern technology and educational methods
  • Integrate real-world, project-based learning taught by first-rate faculty working at the top of their fields

Students must have access to the Penn State online course management system and be able to complete other electronic tasks as determined by the course.

Available Courses

There are currently eight courses available to students during the first or second summer session:

Summer Session I: May 17 - June 25

CE 321: Highway Engineering

Instruction mode: COVID-Web (Online, asynchronous lectures)

This course provides an introduction to highway engineering and is designed for civil engineering students. It includes topics such as vehicle motion, highway cross-sections, horizontal and vertical alignment, and sight distance. For more information, contact Ilgin Guler at

CE 332: Professionalism, Economics & Construction Project Delivery 

Instruction mode: COVID-Web (Online, asynchronous lectures)

This course introduces concepts relating to engineering ethics, professionalism—including the importance of licensure—engineering economy, project development, and the design and construction of the delivery process. For more information, contact Thomas Skibinski at

CE 335: Engineering Mechanics of Soils

Instruction mode: COVID-Remote (Online lectures with set dates and times)

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9:00 - 10:55 a.m. EDT

This course explores the engineering properties of soils, fundamental soil mechanics, and their applications of foundation design and analysis. For more information, contact Ming Xiao at

CE 336: Materials Science for Civil Engineers

Instruction mode: COVID-Remote (Online lectures with set dates and times)

Tuesday, Thursday: 11:15 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. EDT

This course introduces engineering students to the structure, properties, and behavior of construction materials, providing the bridge between engineering mechanics and engineering design. For more information, contact Aleksandra Radlinska at

CE 340 – Structural Analysis

Instruction mode: COVID-Web (Online, asynchronous lectures)

This course introduces structural systems and basic analysis methods for beams, frames, and trusses. Topics covered include the analysis of statically determinate and indeterminate structures, deflection calculations, influence lines, and an introduction to the stiffness method and a software package for structural analysis. For more information, contact Jeffrey Laman at

CE 341 – Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures

Instruction mode: COVID-Web (Online, asynchronous lectures)

This course provides students with an understanding of the structural design process, the mechanics of reinforced concrete, and the ability to design and proportion structural concrete members including slabs, beams, and columns for strength, serviceability, and economy. For more information, contact Hassan El-Chabib at

Summer Session II: June 30 - August 11

CE 360 – Fluid Mechanics 

Instruction mode: COVID-Web (Online, asynchronous lectures)

The course objective is to provide students with the fundamental physical and analytical principles of fluid mechanics through the understanding of the conservation of mass, conservation of energy, and the conservation of momentum equations. For more information, contact Alfonso Mejia at

CE 370: Introduction to Environmental Engineering 

Instruction mode: COVID-Web (Online, asynchronous lectures)

This course introduces science and engineering principles for natural and engineered environmental systems. It provides quantitative tools to solve problems around water and wastewater treatment, air pollution control, and management of solid and hazardous wastes and identifies ways to manage and minimize pollution. For more information, contact Rachel Brennan at


For more information on how to register for any of these courses, please follow these registration instructions.



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