Civil Engineering and Construction Course Descriptions

Civil Engineering

C E 508 - Advanced Soil Mechanics (3 hours)
Consolidation theory and settlements, stress-path method, strength and deformation behavior of soils, failure theories, confined flow, flow nets, numerical analysis of flow, unconfined flow, seepage through earth dams. Laboratory experiments on consolidation and shear strength. Prerequisite: CE 350.

C E 515 - Advanced Foundation Engineering (3 hours)
Gen. Ed.
Advanced pile capacity formulations, buckling, and lateral loading. Mat foundations, finite difference solutions. Foundations on difficult soils. Slope stability; stability of earth dams. Excavations; geotechnical instrumentation. Prerequisite: CE 422.

C E 520 - Advanced Numerical Methods (3 hours)
Selected numerical methods and applications chosen to meet current needs for solving problems in civil engineering. Prerequisite: CE 210. Not open to students who have previously earned credit in CE 610.

C E 541 - Pollution Modeling (3 hours)
Phenomena that affect mass balance of contaminants in environmental systems. Advection, diffusion, dispersion, and interfacial mass transfer. Physical, chemical, and biological descriptions of these processes with mathematical models. Solutions to these models with illustrations from reactor engineering and surface water quality modeling. Application to actual process reactor. Prerequisite: CE 360.

C E 542 - Advanced Water Treatment (3 hours)
Gen. Ed.
Design of physical and chemical unit processes and unit operations with an emphasis on water treatment. Design of aeration systems, coagulation and flocculation processes, sedimentation tanks, filtration systems, chemical precipitation processes, ion exchange processes, and disinfection processes. Advanced purification methods including adsorption, reverse osmosis, electro-dialysis, and membrane processes. Treatment and disposal of physiochemical process sludges. Prerequisite: CE 360.

C E 543 - Advanced Wastewater Treatment (3 hours)
Gen. Ed.
Application of concepts from microbiology and biology to environmental engineering systems. Detailed integrated design of wastewater treatment. Microbiology of wastewater treatment processes and soil bioremediation processes. Interaction between biogeochemical phenomena and microbial processes in an environmental engineering context. Prerequisite: CE 360.

C E 546 - Groundwater Hydrology (3 hours)
Groundwater in the hydrological cycle, fundamentals of groundwater flow; flow net analysis; steady-state and transient well testing techniques for parameter estimation; multiple well systems; leaky aquifers; sea water intrusion; groundwater investigation; artificial recharge of aquifers, design of wells; subsidence and lateral movement of land surface due to groundwater pumping. Design and computer applications. Prerequisite: CE 260.

C E 555 - Sustainability and Environmental Regulations (3 hours)
Gen. Ed.
Sustainability as it is expressed in environmental regulations and policies for conventional and hazardous wastes in air, water, and groundwater. Toxicological, risk assessment, risk-based engineering, and regulatory aspects for the sustainable management of all types of waste. Prerequisite: CE 360 or CON 352.

C E 558 - Solid Waste Management (3 hours)
Sources, composition, and properties of solid waste. Transport of solid wastes and design of transfer stations. Separation, transformation, and recycling of waste materials. Landfill siting. Leachate generation, collection, and removal systems. Liner system design. Landfill settlement and stability analysis. Accelerated treatment of solid waste. Methane recovery from landfills. Closure, restoration, and rehabilitation of landfills. Case studies. Prerequisite: CE 350 or CON 320.

C E 560 - Advanced Structural Analysis (3 hours)
Direct stiffness method for the analysis of two-dimensional trusses and frames, equivalent nodal forces, thermal and settlement effects, principle of virtual work, space trusses, grid structures, static condensation, Lagrange multipliers, tapered elements. Prerequisites: CE 210 and CE 359.

C E 562 - Advanced Steel Design (3 hours)
Gen. Ed.
Structural framing systems; rigid frame design; design of bracing; design of simple rigid and moment resisting connections; torsion of steel open sections; design of beams subjected to torsion; design of steel plate girders; design of composite beams. Prerequisite: CE 442.

C E 565 - Advanced Concrete Design (3 hours)
Gen. Ed.
Advanced topics in flexural design; torsion in beams; behavior and design of slender columns; biaxial bending of columns; design of two-way slabs; behavior and design of frame-wall structural systems; inelastic analysis of flexural members; use of strut and tie analysis; yield line analysis; design of mat foundations. Prerequisite: CE 365.

C E 567 - Prestressed Concrete Design (3 hours)
Theory and analysis of prestressed concrete members by various methods of prestressing; design of simple and continuous beams and slabs; prestress losses; composite beams. Extensive study of materials used in prestressed concrete. Precast concrete systems. Prerequisite: CE 365.

C E 570 - Advanced Mechanics of Materials (3 hours)
Two- and three-dimensional stress and strain at a point; two-dimensional elasticity; beams on elastic foundations; torsion of noncircular sections; curved beams; unsymmetrical bending; plastic collapse and limit analysis. Prerequisite: CE 270.

C E 575 - Structural Dynamics (3 hours)
Single degree of freedom systems; multi-degree of freedom systems; lumped mass and consistent mass-MDOF beams; free and forced vibrations; earthquake loading; impact and impulsive loads; numerical procedures. Prerequisites: CE 210 and CE 359.

C E 577 - Seismic Design (3 hours)
Theory, analysis, and design of building structures under earthquake loading. Application of current codes and standards related to steel, concrete, masonry, and wood structures. Prerequisites: CE 365 and CE 442.

C E 580 - Highway Safety (3 hours)
Safety aspects of streets and highways; planning, implementation, and evaluation of highway safety improvement projects and programs. Highway risk analysis and risk management systems. Prerequisites: CE 310 and CE 480.

C E 583 - Geometric Highway Design (3 hours)
Gen. Ed.
Application of standards, theory, and practice in design of streets and highways. Design of streets and highways including cross section elements, shoulder, and roadside features. Prerequisite: CE 206.

C E 587 - Traffic Signal Design (3 hours)
Gen. Ed.
Analysis and design of traffic signals for isolated intersections and coordinated systems. Hardware, communication, and detection systems associated with signal systems. Fundamental concepts of simulation of traffic operations. Application of optimization/simulation computer software programs. Prerequisite: CE 480. Not open to students who previously earned credit in CE 581.

C E 588 - Transportation Economics (3 hours)
Gen. Ed.
Application of engineering economy for transportation systems; analysis of congestion costs, highway transportation costs, and road user consequences. Identification and measurement of highway benefits, concepts of value and time, and willingness to pay; discount rate and vest charge; concepts of depreciation and service life; life cycle cost analysis; evaluation of transportation alternatives and evaluation of completed projects/programs. Prerequisite: CE 393. Not open to students who previously earned credit in CE 582.

C E 591 - Advanced Topics I (1-3 hours)
Gen. Ed.
Topics of special interest, which may vary each time course is offered. Topic stated in current Schedule of Classes. Prerequisite: consent of department chair.

C E 592 - Advanced Topics II (1-3 hours)
Gen. Ed.
Topics of special interest, which may vary each time course is offered. Topic stated in current Schedule of Classes. Prerequisite: consent of department chair.

C E 593 - Advanced Project I (1-3 hours)
Supervised individual study of civil engineering and construction projects. Prerequisite: consent of department chair.

C E 594 - Advanced Project II (1-3 hours)
Gen. Ed.
Supervised individual study of civil engineering and construction projects. Prerequisite: consent of department chair.

C E 650 - Site Remediation (3 hours)
Gen. Ed.
Preliminary studies and engineering design of various treatment technologies used for remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater. Brownfield remediation. Soil composition and behavior, development and movement of groundwater. Soil sampling and monitoring of contaminants in groundwater. Drilling techniques based on soil type. Processes affecting the distribution of inorganic and organic pollutants in the environment, exchange among soil, water, sediment, and biota. Prerequisites: CE 350 and CE 360.

C E 655 - Environmental Management Modeling (3 hours)
Gen. Ed.
Development, solution, and interpretation of management models used in environmental planning and water resource systems. Risk analysis and management. Risk and how its various aspects influence environmental regulations and policy. Decision making with risk including risk-based design. Environmental impact assessment. Water resource allocation decisions. Prerequisite: CE 360.

C E 670 - Theory of Elasticity (3 hours)
Stress and strain tensors; stress on arbitrary planes; principle stresses in three dimensions; equilibrium equations; strain displacement equations and compatibility conditions; transformation of stresses and strains; plane elasticity in rectangular and polar coordinates; boundary value problems; yield and failure criteria; energy principles. Prerequisites: CE 520 and CE 570.

C E 691 - Advanced Topics I (3 hours)
Advanced topics of special interest in civil engineering and construction which may vary each time course is offered. Topic stated in current Schedule of Classes. Prerequisite: consent of department chair.

C E 692 - Advanced Topics II (3 hours)
Advanced topics of special interest in civil engineering and construction which may vary each time course is offered. Topic stated in current Schedule of Classes. Prerequisite: consent of department chair.

C E 693 - Advanced Graduate Project I (1-3 hours)
Supervised individual study of civil engineering and construction projects. Prerequisite: consent of department chair.

C E 694 - Advanced Graduate Project II (1-3 hours)
Supervised individual study of civil engineering and construction projects. Prerequisite: consent of department chair.

C E 699 - Thesis (0-6 hours)
Gen. Ed.
Research on a topic selected by the student and approved by the chair. Repeatable to a maximum of six hours total. Prerequisite: consent of department chair.


CON 520 - Advanced Construction Practice (3 hours)
Issues of the processes affiliated with the construction and engineering consulting profession: project delivery, conception through construction of projects, phases of design, and unique challenges. Case studies will be utilized. Prerequisite: CON 494.

CON 522 - Advanced CADD (3 hours)
Applications of CAD systems. Visualization and optimization of the processes used in construction through three-dimensional modeling and utilization in various civil engineering and construction applications. Prerequisite: CE 224.

CON 524 - Building Information Modeling (3 hours)
Application of state-of-the-art technology in projects during various phases from inception to completion including planning, design, procurement, construction, handing over, and operation and maintenance. Investigation of different available tools and technologies in recording, storing, and sharing project information. Prerequisite: CE 224.

CON 526 - Advanced Construction Estimating (3 hours)
Advanced techniques in taking-off quantities, pricing techniques, computer estimating, and bidding strategy models. Prerequisite: CON 326.

CON 528 - Advanced Construction Scheduling (3 hours)
Project scheduling methods with emphasis on network scheduling techniques, work breakdown structure (WBS), resource and cost loading, scheduling under uncertainties, project time compression, resource leveling, scheduling for linear projects (LOB), time-cost trade-offs, project status, reporting and updating, schedules as tools for claims documentation. Case studies. Computer based. Prerequisite: CON 392.

CON 529 - Advanced Construction Contracts (3 hours)
Issues in the administration and implementation of a construction contract. Coordinating and controlling the construction project under legal and ethical considerations. Prerequisite: CON 380.

CON 536 - TQM Principles (3 hours)
Theory and analysis of the Total Quality Management system as applied within the construction industry. Case studies. Prerequisite: QM 262 or equivalent.

CON 537 - Construction Simulation (3 hours)
Decision making using simulation and simulation languages to model construction operations. Simulation of construction process using what-if analysis. Role of simulation and decision making in the planning and scheduling phases in the construction industry. Topics include introduction to discrete event simulation, generation of random numbers, queuing, simulation languages for construction. Prerequisite: QM 262 or equivalent.

CON 540 - Project and Company Management (3 hours)
Gen. Ed.
Unique issues of company and project management in the construction industry not traditionally found in construction programs, such as fraud, regulatory issues, and international construction. Presentations on project and company management by renowned experts will give the student knowledge and insights on new trends, innovative procedures, practical case studies, and exposure to innovation in construction. The course will give the student knowledge of the business aspects of running a wide range of construction companies and a variety of projects. Prerequisites: CON 326 and CON 392.

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