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CE6002 Research Methods (3-0-3)
Prerequisites: Admission to Program
This course addresses the research questions and their relevance to Civil Engineering theory and design practices. It is intended to develop the techniques and skills necessary to complete an original academic research thesis or project report. The development of critical thinking skills relevant to research is an essential element of this course.

CE6003 Probabilistic Analysis and Reliability in Civil Engineering (3-0-3)
Prerequisites: Approval of advisor
Introduction to probability modeling and statistical analysis in civil engineering. Emphasis is on the practical applications of common probability models used in civil engineering. This course focuses on the application of statistical reasoning and is project-based.





Structure and Geotechnical Engineering

CE 6101 - Finite Element Analysis (3-0-3)
Prerequisites: CE 3201 or Approval of advisor
Introduction to the use of finite element methods in structural analysis; the finite element formulation; 1- and 2-D elements; isoparametric elements; axisymmetric analysis; plate and shell elements; dynamics, buckling, and nonlinear analysis.

  • Discuss the fundamental concepts of the Finite Element Method.
  • Apply the basic properties, behavior and usage of different types of finite elements.
  • Prepare FE models and solve typical Civil Engineering problems using FEM.
  • Interpret and evaluate the quality of the results of FE simulations.

CE6102 Structural Dynamics (3-0-3)
Prerequisites: CE 3201 or Approval of advisor
Analysis of the dynamic response of structures and structural components to transient loads and foundation excitation; single-degree-of-freedom and multi-degree-of-freedom systems; response spectrum concepts; structural response to earthquakes, design criteria, and seismic safety.

  • Estimate the fundamental natural frequency of simple structures.
  • Determine the vibration characteristics of simple systems.
  • Determine the resonance response of systems.
  • Determine dynamic response of simple structures under a general forcing function.
  • Use response spectra for earthquake loading.
  • Investigate multiple-degrees of freedom systems.
  • Model simple systems for earthquake analysis.

CE6103 Prestressed Concrete Design (3-0-3)
Prerequisites: CE 3202 or Approval of advisor
Theory of prestressed and post-tensioned members; Analysis and design of prestressed concrete beams, slabs, box girders, and bridge girders by elastic and ultimate strength methods; Precast and cast-in-place system construction techniques

  • Discuss the basic concepts of prestressing procedures and materials, and the differences with reinforced concrete.
  • Determine flexural stresses in pretressed concrete beams at different stages of construction and loadings as well as cracking load and flexural strength.
  • Analyze and design various shaped-sections of prestressed concrete beams for flexure and shear, and design the end zone.
  • Compute/estimate short term and long term prestressing losses.
  • Analyze and design composite cast-in-place slabs (decks) with precast prestressed girders.
  • Compute deflections and camber in prestressed concrete beams.
  • Analyze and design prestressed continuous beams.

CE6104 Advanced Geotechnical Engineering – Foundation Design (3-0-3)
Prerequisites: CE 3501 and CE 4105 or Approval of advisor
An advanced study of analysis and design of various foundation systems. Subjects include footings, piles, piers, caissons, retaining walls, and anchors. Topics include slope stability of embankments and dams, the applications of geotechnical reports and in-situ tests.

  • Design shallow and deep foundation systems
  • Design retaining walls
  • Design anchor systems
  • Investigate slope stabilities

CE6105 Soil Improvement (3-0-3)
Prerequisites: CE 4105 or Approval of advisor
A study of various soil improvement techniques for construction projects. Subjects include geosynthetics, admixtures, grouting methods, along with engineering properties of materials used in soil stabilizations.

  • Investigate and discuss alternative soil improvement methods satisfying the project requirements
  • Investigate and discuss the civil engineering design practices using the probability models


Transportation and Pavement Engineering

CE6201 - Transportation Planning (3-0-3)
Prerequisites: CE 4177 or Approval of advisor
Introduction to urban transportation planning, travel characteristics, demand forecasting techniques, corridor studies, traffic impact studies, and public transit planning and operations.

  • Explain the classic four-step process to forecast travel demand understand their strengths and weaknesses
  • Understand the main concepts that describe traffic flow and methods of measurement, and calculate the performance measures needed to carry out the appropriate analysis. 
  • Understand the key principles of geometric and pavement design and be familiar with important components of the road system.

CE6202 – Advanced Highway Design and Traffic Safety (3-0-3)
Prerequisites: CE 4177 or Approval of advisor
Providing a safe and efficient transportation system for all users is the primary objective of federal, state, and local transportation agencies throughout the nation. Better highway design practices have been proven to be the most efficient approach to "safer roads". This advanced highway design and traffic safety class is intended to provide the fundamentals of highway design and operation, human factors and vehicle characteristic and how they interact with the roadway, and highway safety analysis and different statistical techniques employed in the analysis.

  • Design different highway facilities and apply relevant highway design standards
  • Analyze crash and traffic data employing the appropriate statistical techniques
  • Conduct traffic safety studies, identify high-accident locations, and propose crash countermeasure and potential engineering solutions.

CE6203 Advanced Bituminous and Concrete Materials (3-0-3)
Prerequisites: CE 4177 or Approval of advisor
An advanced study on properties of aggregates, asphalt binder, Portland cement. Focuses on analysis and designs of hot-mix asphalt, and Portland cement concrete. Subjects include aggregate grading and blending, rheology of bituminous materials, chemical reactions and micro-structure of Portland cement concrete. Mixture designs, characterization, and special types of mixes will be included as well.

  • Design hot-mix asphalt mixture satisfying the project specific requirements
  • Design Portland cement concrete mixtures satisfying the project specific requirements

CE6204 Advanced Design and Construction of Flexible and Rigid Pavements
Prerequisites: CE 3501 and CE 4105 or Approval of advisor
Advanced analysis, behavior, performance, and structural design of highway and airport pavements. This course focuses on mechanistic characterization of pavement structures and on the approaches used to characterize existing structures for the purpose of rehabilitation. Subjects include advanced materials characterization, mechanistic modeling, nondestructive testing, and pavement rehabilitation, Airport pavement design and rehabilitation are also included.

  • Design flexible pavement
  • Design rigid pavement
  • Design overlays on deteriorated pavements


Environmental Engineering and Water Resources

CE 6301 Hazardous Wastes Engineering (3-0-3)
Prerequisites: Approval of advisor
Classification of hazardous wastes; resource conservation, Recovery Act regulations; characteristics and behavior of toxic organics; superfund; groundwater contamination, solutions. Hazardous waste site remedial action; case histories; sampling; landfill design. Stabilization and processing technologies, including incineration, carbon adsorption, emerging techniques.

  • To analyze the environmental, social, economical, and political information available for solid waste management site selection.
  • To evaluate decomposition processes of refuge in landfills.
  • To analyze the impact of reuse/recycle/reduction on landfill design and operation.
  • To design landfills based on fundamental principles of mass balance, hydrogeology, soil mechanics, and environmental engineering.
  • To provide experiences in realistic civil and environmental engineering design and construction practice.
  • To develop teamwork and communication skills required for multi-disciplinary civil and environmental engineering objectives.

CE 6302 Air-Pollution Control (3-0-3)
Prerequisites: Admission to program
Fundamental concepts of air pollution. Emission sources, atmospheric dispersion, ambient concentrations, adverse effects, governmental regulations, emission standards, air-quality standards, processes and equipment for controlling emissions

  • To explain the structure and composition of atmosphere and determine the properties of gases and aerosols.
  • To explain the atmospheric, health and welfare effects of air pollution.
  • To calculate the kinetics and equilibrium of gas phase reactions in combustion systems and in the atmosphere.
  • To explain the scales of air motion, to determine the atmospheric stability and to calculate air dispersion.
  • To describe the principles of gaseous and particulate monitoring systems
  • To describe air regulations
  • To explain air resources topics to the professional society and general public
  • To design remediation processes for treatment of air

CE 6303 Water Resources Management (3-0-3)
This course provides an introduction to water resources engineering and management, with an emphasis on water resources protection and water supply. Course content addresses technical aspects as well as the legal, regulatory and policy aspects of water resources management. Topics include surface water hydrology and watershed protection, development of water supplies, conjunctive use of groundwater and surface water, management of reservoirs and rivers, the role of probability and statistics, systems analysis techniques, and planning of water resources projects.

CE 6304 Advanced Hydraulics (3-0-3)
Prerequisites: ENGR 3343 or Approval of advisor
This course covers applications in pipe and open channel flow and hydraulic structures. Unsteady flow in pipes. Water hammer. Hydraulics of sediment transport.   Spillway and design of small dams.

  • Analyze transient flow in pressure pipe
  • Analyze sedimentation and sediment transport phenomena
  • Apply principles of hydraulics for energy generation
  • Design spillways
  • Analyze and design energy dissipaters stilling basins
  • Analyze water quality data and interpret the water quality conditions in any waterways
  • Solve problems in groundwater hydrology using principles of hydraulics
  • Understand the issues of water planning and management
  • Apply basic principles of hydraulics and hydrology in urban water resources and environmental projects
  • Recognize the importance of incorporating the concept of sustainability in various water resources engineering design projects
  • Evaluate the economic impacts of water resource alternatives
  • Enhance student's awareness of current water resources and environmental issues



CE6401 – Master's Thesis (6-0-6)
Prerequisites: Approval of Advisor
Independent study using a recognized research method.