Course Offerings – CE

calvoRecently offered graduate-level courses in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering are listed below, grouped (unofficially) by technical area.

General Courses

CE 5010. Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar

1 credit. Lecture. May be taken up to three times for credit. Presentation and discussion of advanced civil engineering problems.

CE 5020. Independent Graduate Study in Civil Engineering

1-6 credits. Independent Study. Special problems in civil engineering as arranged
by the student with a supervisory instructor of his or her choice.

CE 5090. Advanced Topics in Civil Engineering

1-3 credits. Lecture.
Classroom or laboratory courses as announced for each semester. For independent, study see CE 5020.

Structures and Applied Mechanics

Students pursuing MS or PhD degrees in Structural Engineering or Applied Mechanics need to adhere to the following guidelines.

CE5090-003 Structural health monitoring and sensors

3 credits. Lecture and Lab. Sensor theory and technology, data acquisition, digital signal processing, damage detection algorithm, life time analysis and decision making. Laboratory experiments will be used on application of taught concepts.

CE 5122. Advanced Mechanics of Materials

3 credits. Lecture. Stress and strain, combined stress, and theories of failure. Torsion of non-circular sections. Shear center, unsymmetrical bending, curved flexural members, and beams on elastic foundations. Energy methods.

CE 5128. Elastic Stability

3 credits. Lecture. Buckling of elastic and inelastic columns; lateral buckling of beams; buckling of plates, rings and tubes; stability of frames.

CE 5150. Structural Vibrations

3 credits. Lecture. Vibrating systems; application to design; discrete and continuous systems, free and forced vibrations; response to periodic and non-periodic loads; analytical and numerical techniques; earthquake loading; response spectra.

CE 5151. Experimental Structural Dynamics

3 credits. Lecture. Characteristics of random data; vibration test hardware; data acquisition and analysis; and experimental modal analysis and system identification. Laboratory experiments will be used to enhance understanding of taught concepts.
CE 5163. Fracture Mechanics

3 credits. Lecture. This course focuses on fundamental concepts and applications of fracture mechanics. Topics include linear elastic fracture mechanics, elastic plastic fracture mechanics, computational fracture mechanics, fracture mechanisms in metals and nonmetals, fracture testing, dynamic and time-dependent fracture, fatigue crack growth, interfacial fracture, fracture in advanced materials, and engineering applications.

CE 5164. Finite Element Methods in Applied Mechanics I

3 credits. Lecture. Also offered as ME 5520. This course and CE 5162 may not both be taken for credit. Formulation of finite elements methods for linear static analysis. Development of two and three dimensional continuum elements, axisymmetric elements, plate and shell elements, and heat transfer elements. Evaluation of basic modeling principles including convergence and element distortion. Applications using commercial finite element programs.

CE 5166. Finite Element Methods in Applied Mechanics II

3 credits. Lecture. Also offered as ME 5521. Formulation of finite elements methods for modal and transient analysis. Development of implicit and explicit transient algorithms. Stability and accuracy analysis. Formulation of finite element methods for material and geometric nonlinearities. Development of nonlinear solution algorithms. Applications using commercial finite element code.

CE 5380. Bridge Structures

3 credits. Lecture. Steel, reinforced concrete, prestressed concrete, and girder, box girder bridges; curved bridges; loadings; durability; fatigue; vibrations. Design project.

CE 5610. Advanced Reinforced Concrete Structures

3 credits. Lecture. Behavior and design of reinforced concrete for flexure, shear, torsion, bond, and axial loads; two way slabs; beam-column joints; general flexure theory; seismic considerations; review of design specifications.

CE 5620. Advanced Steel Structures

3 credits. Lecture. Behavior, stability and design of steel columns, beams, beam-columns, plates, bracing, frames; torsional behavior; fatigue and brittle fracture; review of design specifications.

CE 5640. Prestressed Concrete Structures

3 credits. Lecture. Analysis, design, and behavior of pretensioned and post-tensioned concrete; simple and continuous span structures; time dependent behavior; review of design specifications.

Transportation and Urban Engineering

CE 5030. Seminar in Transportation and Urban Engineering
0 credits. Seminar.
Extended discussions on presentations contributed by staff, students and outside speakers. Required every semester for all full-time students in the Transportation and Urban Engineering Area of Concentration in the Civil Engineering Field of Study.

CE 5570. Bituminous Materials

3 credits. Lecture. Proper ties, performance and design of bituminous materials for highway and airport paving; physical and chemical properties of binders; testing methods; specifications; production and construction.

CE 5580. Pavement Design

3 credits. Lecture. Analysis and design of flexible and rigid pavements; testing and characterization of paving materials.

CE 5710. Case Studies in Transportation Engineering

3 credits. Lecture. Not open to students who have passed CE 4710. Analysis of transportation case studies in transportation design, and transportation and land use planning. Application of transportation engineering and planning skills. Oral and written group reports, group discussions, individual papers.

CE 5720. Highway Engineering Design

3 credits. Lecture. Urban street and highway design: vertical and horizontal alignment, cross-section elements, Traffic barriers, interchanges and intersections, pedestrian and bike facilities, Traffic calming, community and roadside elements.

CE 5730. Transportation Planning

3 credits. Lecture. Transportation economics, urban transportation planning process, local area traffic management, evaluation of transportation improvements, land use and transportation interaction.

CE 5740. Traffic Engineering Characteristics

3 credits. Lecture. Relationships among Traffic flow characteristics; microscopic and macroscopic representations of Traffic flow; capacity of highways; traffic stream models; shock wave analysis; queueing analysis; Traffic simulation.

CE 6740. Traffic Engineering Operations

3 credits. Lecture. Driver, pedestrian and vehicle operating characteristics. Traffic data collection. Accident and safety analysis. Highway capacity analysis. Traffic signs and markings. Traffic signal timing and operation. Traffic management.

Geomechanics, Geotechnology and Geoenvironmental Engineering

CE 3995. Geoenvironmental Engineering

3 credits. Lecture. Solid Waste Management. Design of Landfills, Clay Barrier and Waste Containment Systems. Soil exploration. Principles of soil remediation.

ENVE 5320. Environmental Quantitative Methods

3 credits. Lecture. Also offered as CE 5320. This course and NRME 5605 may not both be taken for credit. Topics on natural resources and environmental data analysis: random variables and probability distributions, parameter estimation and Monte Carlo simulation, hypothesis testing, simple regression and curve fitting, wavelet analysis, factor analysis; formulation and classification of optimization problems with/without constraints, linear programming; models for time series; solution of ordinary differential equations with Laplace transforms and Euler integration; solution of partial differential equations with finite differences; basics of modeling.

ENVE 5330. Probabilistic Methods in Engineering Systems

3 credits. Lecture. Also offered as CE 5330. Common probabilistic models used in engineering and physical science design, prediction, and operation problems; derived distributions, multivariate stochastic models, and estimation of model parameters; analysis of data, model building and hypothesis testing; uncertainty analysis.

ENVE 5821. Vadose Zone Hydrology

3 credits. Lecture. Also offered as CE 5821. Theoretical and experimental elements of primary physical and hydrological properties of porous media and processes occurring in partially-saturated soils. Practical experience in measurement and interpretation of hydrological information and methods of analysis for vadose-zone related environmental problems.

ENVE 5830. Groundwater Flow Modeling

3 credits. Lecture. Also offered as CE 406. Basics of modeling with Finite Difference and Finite Element Methods. Modeling flow in saturated and unsaturated zones. Model calibration and validation. Parameter estimation. Treatment of heterogeneity. Basic geostatistics. Modeling surface-groundwater interactions. Application to field sites.