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Civil Engineering (M.S.E.)
The Master of Science in Engineering in Civil Engineering is characterized by the breadth of subject areas that comprise the following sub-disciplines: environmental, geotechnical, structural, transportation, and water resources engineering. The programs are designed to prepare students to apply an appropriate depth of knowledge in one of the five sub-disciplines of civil engineering. In addition, the programs are focused on sustainability and green engineering as well as relevant global civil engineering topics.
The Master of Science in Engineering in Civil Engineering curriculum requires a total of 30 semester hours of graduate coursework be completed. The program can be completed with either a thesis or an all coursework option. A minimum of 18 hours must be completed in the Civil Engineering (CVE) discipline, 12 of which must be at the 600 level. The additional 12 hours required for graduation may be taken from the Environmental Engineering MSE degree program or other graduate programs within the School of Engineering with approval of the CVE department chair. Students must also complete a minimum of 18 hours at the 600 level. A thesis option is also available. A maximum of 6 hours of research may be counted toward the degree if the thesis option is chosen. The program is open to all qualified engineers, regardless of undergraduate engineering major.
CVE Courses
CVE 510. Transportation Engineering and Planning (3 hours)
Prerequisite: EGR 232, EGR 236, EGR 252.
This course offers an introduction to transportation engineering, including the characteristics of transportation modes, interaction between modes, facility design consideration, planning of transportation systems, economics, public policy, implementation and management. This course is available only to students enrolled in a graduate program and contains activities consistent with a graduate level engineering course. (Every two years)
CVE 522. Design of Steel Structures (3 hours)
Prerequisites: CVE 320.
This course uses the Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD) and Allowable Strength Design (ASD) philosophies to design steel members for tension, compression, bending, shear and combined effects of axial forces and bending moments. The course also includes design of simple connections and an understanding of the three options for performing lateral stability analysis of steel structures. The course culminates with an end of term design project. This course is available only to students enrolled in a graduate program and contains activities consistent with a graduate level engineering course. (Occasionally)
CVE 523. Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures (3 hours)
Prerequisites: CVE 320.
This course uses the Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD) philosophy to design reinforced concrete members for tension, compression, bending, shear and combined effects of axial forces and bending moments. The course also includes concrete foundation design and detailing requirements for concrete construction. The course culminates with an end of term design project. This course is available only to students enrolled in a graduate program and contains activities consistent with a graduate level engineering course. (Occasionally)
CVE 525. Construction Management (3 hours)
Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.
This course provides an introduction to the construction industry and management of constructions projects. Project delivery methods, scheduling, construction documents and drawings, construction labor, construction equipment, earthwork construction, OSHA construction regulations and safety are covered. This course is available only to students enrolled in a graduate program and contains activities consistent with a graduate level engineering course. (Occasionally)
CVE 545. Foundations (3 hours)
Prerequisites: CVE 345.
This course applies engineering mechanics and soil mechanics principles to the provision of safe designs for foundations of bridges, buildings, towers, and other structures. This course covers the analysis and design of shallow foundations, spread footings, mats, deep foundations, earth retaining structures and site exploration and characterization. It is a practical design course in geotechnical engineering. This course is available only to students enrolled in a graduate program and contains activities consistent with a graduate level engineering course. (Every two years)
CVE 546. Highway Geometric Design (3 hours)
Prerequisites: CVE 322, CVE 310.
Principles and procedures for the geometric design of highways with consideration of traffic, safety, land use, and aesthetic factors. It will also involve extensive use of AutoCAD Civil 3D software. This course is available only to students enrolled in a graduate program and contains activities consistent with a graduate level engineering course. (Occasionally)
CVE 547. Traffic Engineering (3 hours)
Prerequisites: EGR 252, CVE 322, CVE 410.
Characteristics and theories of traffic problems, including the design of the traffic control systems, etc. Synchro and HCS may be in a class project to demonstrate the application in real-world problems. This course is available only to students enrolled in a graduate program and contains activities consistent with a graduate level engineering course. (Occasionally)
CVE 591, 592, 593. Special Topics (Occasionally) (1-6 hours)
CVE 601. Timber and Masonry Design (3 hours)
Prerequisites: CVE 320.
This course is divided into two parts. Part one uses the Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD) and Allowable Strength Design (ASD) philosophies to design timber members for tension, compression, bending, shear and combined effects of axial forces and bending moments. Part two uses the Allowable Strength Design (ASD) philosophy to design masonry walls. The course culminates with an end of term design project. (Occasionally)
CVE 602. Prestressed Concrete Design (3 hours)
Prerequisites: CVE 421.
This course uses the elastic analysis technique to design prestressed concrete members for bending and shear requirements, while addressing time-dependent prestress losses. The course also includes design of continuous systems and covers connection details specific to prestressing anchorage. The course culminates with an end of term design project. (Occasionally)
CVE 603. Special Topics in Geotechnical Engineering (3 hours)
Prerequisites: CVE 445.
This course presents advanced topics in geotechnical engineering: rigid and flexible retaining walls, cofferdams, ground anchors, tie-backs, slope stability, ground improvement, seismic site characterization, liquefaction, and laboratory soil investigation. (Occasionally)
CVE 604. Advanced Traffic Flow Theory (3 hours)
Prerequisites: EGR 252, CVE 410.
This course aims at increasing students' understanding of traffic flow characteristics and analytical procedures as used in planning, design, and operations of transportation systems. Different models and theories that characterize the flow of highway traffic, signalized and unsignalized intersections will be presented. (Occasionally)
CVE 605. Intelligent Transportation Systems (3 hours)
Prerequisites: EGR 252, CVE 410.
This course covers planning, standards, system architecture, and data analytics for intelligent transportation systems. (Occasionally)
CVE 607. Dynamics of Structures (3 hours)
Prerequisites: CVE 320.
This course presents the response of a single degree of freedom system to dynamic excitation: free vibration, harmonic loads, pulses, and earthquakes. Response spectra. Response of multi-degree of freedom systems. Seismic behavior of buildings and the basis of the seismic building codes. Wind forces and design of structures for wind. (Occasionally)
CVE 608. Structural Reliability (3 hours)
Prerequisites: EGR 252.
This course presents an application of probability and statistics in the reliability-based analysis and design of civil and mechanical engineering systems. Probabilistic modeling of loading and resistance, structural failure probability assessment, hazard functions, failure consequences and valuations. Introduction to risk analysis, risk treatment, and control methods. (Occasionally)
CVE 609. Prestressed Concrete Design (3 hours)
Prerequisites: CVE 421
This course uses the elastic analysis technique to design prestressed concrete members for bending and shear requirements, while addressing time-dependent prestress losses. The course also includes design of continuous systems and covers connection details specific to prestressing anchorage. The course culminates with an end of term design project. (Occasionally)
CVE 691, 692, 693. Special Topics (1-6 hours)
CVE 698. Professional Seminar (1-6 hours)
CVE 699. Thesis Research (1-6 hours)