Civil Engineering

Course Offerings

CE–183 Surveying (3 credits)
Introduces students to modern surveying instruments, surveying methods, and engineering graphics. Includes instruction in measurement of distances, horizontal angles and vertical angles, traverse and differential leveling, mapping, survey computations, and computer applications using AutoCAD. One hour lecture, five hours lab. Fall.
CE–324 Construction Management (3 credits)
Covers general principles of contracting, planning, scheduling, productivity, quantity calculations, cost estimating, and project economics. Includes the use of project management software. A comprehensive project uses plans and specifications from a local project. Fall.
CE–331 Construction Materials (3 credits)
Introduction to civil engineering materials in construction, specifically steel, timber, aggregate, Portland cement concrete, and asphaltic concrete. The focus is on the manufacture, origin, and design of materials; physical and chemical properties of materials; stress-strain behavior of materials up to failure; and evaluation of materials through destructive and nondestructive methods. Hands-on labs emphasize characterization of physical and mechanical properties of materials, planning and execution of experiments, and interpretation of experimental data. Two hours lecture, three hours lab. Corequisite: Civil/Mechanical Engineering 230 or permission of instructor. Spring.
CE–331L Construction Materials
Introduction to civil engineering materials in construction, specifically steel, timber, aggregate, Portland cement concrete, and asphaltic concrete. The focus is on the manufacture, origin, and design of materials; physical and chemical properties of materials; stress-strain behavior of materials up to failure; and evaluation of materials through destructive and nondestructive methods. Hands-on labs emphasize characterization of physical and mechanical properties of materials, planning and execution of experiments, and interpretation of experimental data. Two hours lecture, three hours lab. Corequisite: Civil/Mechanical Engineering 230 or permission of instructor. Spring.
CE–338 Soil Mechanics and Soil Behavior (3 credits)
Covers mass composition and phase diagrams, soil classification, principles of effective stress, seepage and fluid flow through soil, stress distribution, theory of consolidation, time rate of settlement, shear strength of cohesive and cohesionless soil, compaction, and surcharging. Three hour lecture. Prerequisite: Civil Engineering 232. Corequisite: Civil Engineering 366. Spring.
CE–339 Soil Mechanics Laboratory (1 credit)
Experiments in sieve analysis, Atterberg Limits, permeability, field density, compaction, consolidation, unconfined compression, and direct shear. Field trips. Corequisite: Civil Engineering 338.
CE–340 Structural Analysis (3 credits)
Analysis of statically determinate beams and trusses for internal forces and displacements. Moving load effects and influence line theory. Analysis of statically indeterminate structures. Prerequisite: Civil Engineering 232 with a grade of C- or better or permission of instructor. Fall.
CE–341 Design of Steel Structures (3 credits)
LRFD design of structural steel members including tension members, beams and columns. Design of bolted and welded connections. Prerequisite: Civil Engineering 340. Spring.
CE–342 Design of Concrete Structures (3 credits)
Design of reinforced concrete structural members including rectangular sections for bending and shear. Rebar development length concepts. Design of columns for axial load and bending. Prerequisites: Civil Engineering 331, 340. Fall.
CE–350 Transportation Engineering (3 credits)
Introduction to the activities of the transportation engineer, including aspects of physical design of facilities (e.g., route location and layout, pavement design, runway design) as well as systems modeling and control (e.g., capacity analysis, urban transportation planning, signalization). Emphasis on land transportation. Prerequisites: Civil Engineering 183, 213; or permission of instructor. Spring.
CE–374 Environmental Engineering I (3 credits)
Introduces environmental engineering topics, including water quality, water treatment processes, air quality, solid and hazardous waste disposal, and ground water hydraulics. Includes a study of environmental laws that affect the design and operation of waste treatment, waste disposal, and power generation facilities. Prerequisite: Chemistry 118 with lab. Spring.
CE–380 Hydraulics Laboratory (1 credit)
Experiments in fluid mechanics and hydraulics, including viscosity, frictional losses in pipes, flow and pressure measuring devices, momentum forces, turbines, and weirs. Corequisite: Civil Engineering 366. Fall.
CE–438 Geotechnical Engineering (3 credits)
Application of soil mechanics to the design of building foundations, including shallow and deep foundation systems; stability of earth slopes; lateral earth pressures and retaining walls; braced cuts; geosynthetics and precautions associated with construction operations. Prerequisite: Civil Engineering 338. Fall.
CE–443 Intermediate Structural Analysis (3 credits)
Analysis of statically determinate and indeterminate structures using force and displacement methods such as stiffness method, matrix methods, and finite element method. Prerequisites: Civil Engineering 340.
CE–449 Advanced Structural Design (3 credits)
Advanced topics in structural design including steel connections, plate girders, composite beams, steel and concrete frames, two-way slabs, and reinforced concrete foundations. Prerequisites: Civil Engineering 341, 342.
CE–468 Engineering Hydrology (3 credits)
Study of the hydrologic cycle including precipitation, infiltration, evaporation, overland flow, time characteristics of watersheds, unit hydrographs, stream flow analysis, ground water hydrology, flood frequency analysis, flood hydrograph modeling, and hydrologic design. Prerequisite: Civil Engineering 366.
CE–469 Design of Hydraulic Structures (3 credits)
Design methods for reservoirs, spillways, outlet works, canals and related structures, conduits, and diversion structures. Water supply design and pipe network analysis. Applications to multipurpose designs involving flood control, water resource economics, irrigation, recreation, and drainage. Prerequisite: Civil Engineering 366. Fall.
CE–475 Environmental Engineering II (3 credits)
Design and analysis of unit operations and processes for water and wastewater treatment. Topics include physical, chemical, and biological unit processes. Design of sewer networks, water treatment plant processes and wastewater treatment plant facilities. Prerequisites: Civil Engineering 366, 374; or permission of the instructor.
CE–495 Civil Engineering Design Project I (3 credits)
Introduces concepts of project management, business, public policy, globalization, and leadership, the importance of professional licensure, professional and ethical responsibility, and skills such as technical writing, time management, teamwork, and negotiations. Selection of senior project, incorporating appropriate engineering standards, multiple realistic constraints, and sustainability concepts. Written and oral presentation of preliminary work. Pre-requisites Senior Standing, as indicated by concurrent enrollment in CE 342, CE 438, and CE 469 or permission of the instructor.
CE–497 Civil Engineering Design Project II (3 credits)
Completion of project selected in Civil Engineering 495. Design plans and a formal written report covering all phases of the project are prepared and submitted. Oral presentation of the design before peers, professional sponsors, and faculty. Discussion of the project?s impact on the environment, compliance with engineering codes, standards, and society. Pre-requisite: CE 495
CE–498 Independent Study in Civil Engineering (1-3 credits)
Independent study of topic of interest to the student. Requires faculty sponsor and approved detailed study plan of proposed topic.
CE–499 Special Topics in Civil Engineering (1-3 credits)
Study of topics of special interest. Topics will be announced. May be repeated. Prerequisite will be announced when scheduled.
ENGR–101 Introduction to Engineering (3 credits)
A hands-on introduction to civil, computer, electrical, and/or mechanical engineering. Topics include the use of the computer in engineering and an introduction to the design process. Student teams led by faculty (typically the students' academic advisor) complete design projects in a particular discipline. Fall.
ENGR–212 Statics (3 credits)
Includes resolution and composition of forces, moments, principles of equilibrium and application to trusses and jointed frames, friction, center of gravity, and second moments of areas. Uses vector analysis throughout. Corequisite: Mathematics 221. Fall, spring.
ENGR–213 Dynamics (3 credits)
Covers rectilinear and curvilinear motions, force, mass, acceleration, projectiles, pendulums, inertia forces in machines, work and energy, impulse and momentum, and impact. Prerequisite: Engineering 212 with a grade of C- or better. Fall, spring.
ENGR–230 Materials Science (3 credits)
Introduces properties of materials, discusses bonding, nature of metals, polymers, ceramics, crystals and crystal defects, and structure sensitive and insensitive properties. Prerequisite: Chemistry 118 or permission of instructor. Spring.
ENGR–232 Mechanics of Materials (3 credits)
Covers general principles of stress and strain, including elastic and inelastic behavior, shear, torsion, stresses in beams, and deflection of beams and columns. Prerequisite: Engineering 212 with a grade of C- or better. Fall, spring.
ENGR–366 Fluid Mechanics (3 credits)
Introduces the physical properties of fluids and the mechanics of fluid flow. Covers general properties of fluids, fluid statics and dynamics, and dimensional analysis. Applications studied include pipe systems, aerodynamic drag, open channel flow, and compressible flow. Prerequisite: Engineering 213. Fall, spring.
ENGR–409 Engineering Economy and Decision Making (3 credits)
Introduction to engineering economy including cash-flow, time value of money, equivalence, annuities, present and future worth, rate of return, break-even analysis, replacement analysis, and benefit cost analysis. Includes industrial cost measurement techniques, risk analysis, and project scheduling and management techniques. Case studies and guests from industry offer realistic perspective.