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Civil Engineering

College of Engineering

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Civil Engineering and Construction Engineering Management Undergraduate C E Courses


101. Introduction to Civil Engineering and Construction Engineering Management (1)

Civil engineering and construction engineering management as a profession. Current trends and challenges, ethical, social and environmental issues in professional practice. Professional organizations and licensure. Communication and lifelong learning skills for professional practice.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture-problems 1 hour)

130. Surveying and Mapping (1)

Corequisites: CE 130L and MAE 172 or CEM 121.
Theory and practice of plane surveying, including the use of instruments for measuring distances, angles, and elevations. Plotting of surveying data and topographic mapping. Fundamentals of construction layout. Integration of data with surveying software.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture-Problems 1 hour)

130L. Surveying and Mapping Laboratory (1)

Corequisite: CE 130.
Fundamentals of surveying methods as applied to construction layout. Use of level and total station for location and control of structures, vertical and horizontal control, and area determination.
Letter grade only (A-F). Not open for credit to students with credit in CE 131. (Laboratory 3 hours)

200. Materials for Civil Engineering (2)

Prerequisites: CHEM 111A and PHYS 151 and consent of department undergraduate advisor.
Basic properties of materials in civil engineering, including concrete, masonry, steel, wood, asphalt and composites.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 1 hour, Laboratory 3 hours)

205. Analytical Mechanics I (Statics) (3)

Prerequisite: PHYS 151. Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 123.
Application of the mechanics of equilibrium to force systems using analytical and graphical solutions of problems involving structures and machines.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 2 hours, Activity 2 hours)

206. Computer Programming and Civil Engineering Applications I (2)

Prerequisites: MATH 122, PHYS 151.
Introduction to programming and application of computers to elementary civil engineering problems.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture-Problems 1 hour, Laboratory 3 hours)


335. Fluid Mechanics (3)

Prerequisites: MATH 224 and C E 205.
Properties of fluids, fluid statics, fluid dynamics, dynamic similitude, flow of compressible and incompressible fluids in closed conduits, uniform flow in prismatic open channels.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture-Problems 3 hours)

336. Fluid Mechanics Laboratory (1)

Prerequisite: ENGL 100 or equivalent. Prerequisite or corequisite: C E 335.
Experiments in and study of the phenomena of fluid flow.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Laboratory 3 hours)

345. Geotechnical Engineering I (3)

Corequisites: MAE 373; GEOL 370. Prerequisite: Consent of Department Undergraduate Advisor.
Soil mechanics applied to engineering structures. Soil exploration, identification, classification, drainage, stability and bearing capacity.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture-Problems 3 hours)

346. Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory (1)

Prerequisite: ENGL 100 or equivalent. Corequisite: CE 345.
Laboratory investigation and experiments in the phenomena of soil mechanics.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Laboratory 3 hours)

359. Structural Analysis I (3)

Prerequisite: MAE 373.
Analysis of structures including trusses, beams, and frames, conjugate beam, virtual work, energy methods, approximate methods, and influence lines. Use of code based finite element computer programs in analysis of frame and truss type structures.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture-Problems 3 hours)

364. Environmental Engineering I: Fundamentals (3)

Prerequisites: CHEM 111A, BIOL 200/MICR 200; Prerequisite or Corequisite: CE 335.
Introduction to the fundamental physical, chemical and biological processes affecting air and water quality. Models of transport and transformation of impurities. Emphasis on theory underlying the design of water quality control technologies.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture-Problems 3 hours)

365. Environmental Engineering Laboratory (1)

Prerequisite or Corequisite: CE 364
Experiments in routine water quality analysis and environmental engineering applications.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Laboratory 3 hours)

370. Analytical Mechanics (3)

Prerequisites: PHYS 151; Prerequisite or corequisite: MATH 123.
Fundamental principles of statics, kinematics and kinetics, with application to idealized structures and systems.
Intended for Electrical Engineering majors. Not open for credit to Civil or Mechanical Engineering majors. Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture-Problems 3 hours)

404. Laboratory Techniques (1)

Prerequisites: ENGL 100 or equivalent, senior standing in civil engineering and consent of instructor.
Study in the techniques of organizing and directing of the civil engineering laboratory.
May be repeated to maximum of 3 units. Letter grade only (A-F). (Conference 1 hour, Laboratory 3 hours)

405. Special Topics in Civil Engineering (3)

Prerequisites: Senior standing in civil engineering and consent of instructor.
Selected topics from recent advances in civil engineering.
Course content will vary from year to year.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units. (Lecture-Problems 3 hours)

406. Cost Engineering and Analysis (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of GE Foundation Requirements.
Introduction to the concepts of capital and operations budgets, capital acquisition, economic evaluation of capital alternatives and effect of the time-value of money in industrial operations and construction industries.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture-Problems 3 hours)

407. Probability and Statistics in Civil Engineering (2)

Prerequisites: CE 206 and MATH 224.
Analysis of uncertainties, and applications of the basic theories of probability and statistics in civil engineering areas of geotechnical, environmental, water resources, structural and transportation engineering.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture-problems 1 hour, Laboratory 3 hrs)

408. Special Problems (1-3)

Prerequisite: Senior standing in civil engineering.
Assigned topics in technical literature or laboratory projects and report on same.
Letter grade only (A-F).

426. Transportation Engineering (3)

Prerequisite: CE 345. Corequisite: CE 406.
Operation of various modes of transportation; Characteristics of the driver, pedestrian, vehicle and the road; fundamental principles of traffic flow; introduction to intersection design and control, planning, and geometric design; transportation issues and safety.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture-Problems 3 hours)

427. Highway Design (3)

Prerequisite: CE 345.
Geometric design of highways and streets. Route location and earthwork computation. Introduction to roadside and pavement design. Design problems in highway engineering.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture-Problems 3 hours)

428. Highway Engineering Materials (3)

Prerequisites: CE 200 and 345.
Design and properties of highway materials, including aggregates, asphalt binder, and mixtures. Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) aggregate gradation, blending procedure, volumetrics, design, plant operation, and lay down. Superpave binder testing and specifications.
(Lecture 2 hours, Laboratory 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

429./529. Traffic Engineering (3)

Perquisite/Corequisite: CE 426 or Consent of instructor.
Capacity and level of service analyses of highway facilities. Intersection signal timing design. Introduction to traffic control devices. Volume, speed and delay studies. Use of traffic data for design, planning and operational levels of analyses.
Letter grade only (A-F). Graduate students required to do extra projects. (Lecture-Problems 3 hours)

430. Traffic Engineering Laboratory (1)

Prerequisite/Corequisite: CE 426.
Laboratory activities on traffic flow theory, capacity and level of service analyses, signal timing, parking lot design, and travel demand forecasting; traffic volume, speed and delay studies. Use of traffice engineering software.
(Laboratory 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

435. Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering (3)

Prerequisite: C E 335.
Fundamental surface and ground water hydrology concepts and quantitative methods. Selected topics and procedures of the hydrological cycle. Planning, development and management of water resource surface systems.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture-Problems 3 hours)

437. Engineering Hydraulics (3)

Prerequisites: C E 335, MATH 370 A.
Theory and analysis of steady uniform and non-uniform flow in open conduits. Energy and momentum principles, critical flow computations and applications, design of channels, computations of gradually varied, spatially varied and rapidly varied flows.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture-Problems 3 hours)

438. Hydraulic Engineering Design I (3)

Prerequisite/Corequisite: CE 437.
Application of hydraulic principles to the design of dams, water courses, water systems and their related structures and devices.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture-Problems 3 hours)

445. Geotechnical Engineering II (3)

Prerequisites: CE 345, 346.
Methods of design and construction of various geotechnical engineering projects utilizing theory of soil mechanics.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture-Problems 3 hours)

446./542. Geotechnical Projects (3)

Prerequisite: CE 345.
Design and problem solving oriented geotechnical projects utilizing soil mechanics theory and experimental methods according to the state-of-the-art practice.
Letter grade only (A-F). Graduate students required to do additional readings and write a research term paper to deal with current topics in geotechnical engineering. (Lecture-Problems 3 hours).

455. Structural Steel Design (3)

Prerequisite: C E 458.
Detailed design of components with typical codes and specifications.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture-Problems 3 hours)

456. Timber Design (3)

Prerequisite: CE 359
Design of various structural elements made of wood material subjected to both vertical and lateral loads. Application of current building codes and specifications in timer design.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture-Problems 3 hours)

457./517. Reinforced Masonry Design (3)

Prerequisite: CE 359.
Theory, design and application of reinforced masonry (brick and block) in compliance with latest Building Code. Earthquake provisions. Construction and specifications. Design of high rise buildings, industrial buildings and retaining walls.
Letter grade only (A-F).Graduate students required to do a design project and assigned readings from journals and research papers. (Lecture-Problems 3 hours)

458. Structural Analysis Il (3)

Prerequisite: CE 359.
Solution of indeterminate truss and frame structures using moment distribution and slope deflection methods. Introduction to matrix methods. Energy theorems and virtual work principles. Use of code based finite element computer programs in the analysis of indeterminate structural systems.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture-Problems 3 hours)

459. Reinforced Concrete Design I (3)

Prerequisites: C E 200 and 359.
Theory and design of structural elements of reinforced concrete, analysis by working stress and ultimate strength design theories.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture-Problems 3 hours)

464. Environmental Engineering II: Unit Processes (3)

Prerequisites: CE 335 and 364.
Civil engineering applications of the fundamentals of chemical reactions, kinetics of biochemical systems, gas transfer systems, liquid/solid separations, solubility equilibria, adsorption, ion exchange and membrane processes.
(Lecture-Problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

466. Environmental Systems Design (3)

Prerequisites: CE 364 or consent of instructor.
Principles of environmental systems design. Design and planning of systems for water distribution, wastewater collection and storm water management.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture-Problems 3 hours)

481. Professional Practice In Civil Engineering (1)

Prerequisite: Senior standing.
Topics related to practice of civil engineering profession. Professional society meetings and readings.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture-Problems 1 hour)

490. Senior Design Project (3)

Prerequisite: CE 459; completion of all 300-level engineering courses for the civil engineering major and consent of department undergraduate advisor. Prerequisite/Corequisite: CE 426, 437. Normally taken in the last year of the undergraduate program.
A supervised design group project, incorporating all aspects from concept to completed design and oral presentations. Technical aspects, social, environmental, and economic issues considered. Ethical concepts discussed.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture-Problems 2 hours, Design laboratory 3 hours)

491. Structures Laboratory (1)

Prerequisite: CE 359 and ENGL 100 or equivalent. Prerequisites/Corequisites: CE 455, 459.
Laboratory examination of structural concepts. Utilize computer simulation modeling techniques in combination with structural tests.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hours)

495. Seismic Design I (3)

Prerequisites: CE 459.
Elements of lateral-force design in steel, concrete, masonry, and timber structures. Application of current building codes.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hours)

497. Senior Problem Directed Studies (2)

Prerequisites or corequisites: CE 406, 481, 490.
Directed study on assigned topics or lab/field studies practicum and report on same.
Letter grade only (A-F).