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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

Summer Session I (May 13 – June 24)

CE 335: Engineering Mechanics of Soils
Soil compositions, classification, subsurface exploration, groundwater flow, stress analysis, compaction, soil behavior, consolidation, and shear strength. Instructor: Ming Xiao,

CE 340: Structural Analysis
Analysis of statically determinate and indeterminate trusses, beams, and frames; reactions; axial forces; shears; moments; deflections; introduction to influence lines.  Instructor: Pinlei Chen,

CE 370: Introduction to Environmental Engineering
Nature and scope of environmental issues; air, water, land impacts; fundamentals and processes of pollution control, drinking water and wastewater treatment. Instructor: Nathaniel Warner,

Summer Session II (June 26 – August 9)

CE 321: Highway Engineering 
Highway engineering principles; vehicle and driver characteristics; geometric and pavement design; traffic engineering; capacity and analysis and signal timing. Instructor: Ilgin Guler,

CE 341: Design of Concrete Structures 
Design of reinforced concrete beams, slabs, and columns with emphasis on ultimate-strength methods; pre-stressed concrete; buildings and bridge applications. Prerequisite: CE 340; Co- or Prerequisite: CE 336. Instructor: Shashidhara Marikunte,

CE 360: Fluid Mechanics
Mechanics of fluids; flow in conduits and around bodies; friction and energy loss; fluid measurements. Instructor: Alfonso Mejia,

CE 476: Solid and Hazardous Wastes
This course covers three main topics: 1) municipal solid waste handling and disposal (including landfill-gas-to-energy, direct waste-to-energy, and recycling options); 2) the fate and transport of hazardous wastes in the environment; and 3) the design of appropriate technologies for the remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater. Prerequisite: CE 370. Instructor: Rachel Brennan,

CE 584: Concrete Material and Properties
Study of concrete properties and associated variables, prediction models, testing, preventive measures, pozzolans, admixtures. Prerequisite: AE 321 or CE 336 or equivalent. Instructor: Shashidhara Marikunte,


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



The Penn State Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, established in 1881, is internationally recognized for excellence in the preparation of undergraduate and graduate engineers through the integration of education, research, and leadership.

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

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University Park, PA 16802-1408

Phone: 814-863-3084