Civil and Environmental Engineering
The innovative, dynamic work of civil and environmental engineers can be seen everywhere in today's world. Civil and environmental engineers analyze, plan, design, and build structures such as buildings, bridges, and dams; infrastructure systems for transportation; water resources and natural hazard protection; and environmental control and remediation of both the natural and constructed environment.
The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is at the forefront of education and research, expanding in areas such as hurricane and earthquake design, sustainable development, intelligent transportation systems, high-performance and novel materials characterization, bioelectrical remediation, life-cycle analyses, nondestructive evaluation, and cardiovascular flow.
While working on their degree, civil and environmental engineering undergraduate students also have the opportunity to participate in research projects and work with graduate students and professors as research assistants. Research projects stem from the five areas of civil and environmental engineering and are often conducted by multidisciplinary teams and researchers of different backgrounds.
Civil and environmental engineers enjoy high salaries and have a multitude of employment opportunities. Our graduates are prepared to enter the job market with federal, state, and municipal agencies; with private consulting firms involved with aspects of planning, design, construction, or environmental sustainability; and with the development of facilities, resources, and environmental control for industrial development.
Areas of Study
Environmental Engineering: Here we focus on improving the environmental quality of air, water, and soils, including physical and biochemical remediation and treatment, sustainable construction, modeling of environmental systems, solid and hazardous waste control, air pollution control and drinking water system designs. The focus area extends to the new area of environmental application and implication of nanotechnology.
Geotechnical Engineering: Here we focus on soil, rock and engineered geomaterials with specific concentrations on field and laboratory investigations using standard and novel testing technologies, design and performance of foundations and earth structures, slope stability analyses, soil dynamics and liquefaction, pavement design and performance, landfill design and instrumentation, and geoenvironmental studies.
Structural Engineering: Here we focus on the areas of structural mechanics, structural analysis, and design, structural testing, and materials. The focus of the program is in structures and facilities related to the transportation infrastructure. It addresses traditional and modern materials; design innovations, structural health monitoring and life cycle analysis; structural performance and assessment to extreme loads (earthquakes, blasts, etc); advanced analytical and computer methods for modeling and simulations.
Transportation Engineering: Here we focus on the planning, design, operation, and management of transportation systems with emphasis on intermodal and multi-modal transportation (including high-speed rail) which are designed to move people and goods from an origin to a destination in the most efficient, cost-effective, and safe manner, utilizing mathematical modeling and computer simulation.
Water Resources Engineering: Here we focus on the study and physical and computer modeling of natural and industrial flows and transport processes, management of rivers and watersheds, dam break and levee breach, flood prevention and forecasting, river mechanics and marine sediment transport, stormwater management and modeling, environmental protection and restoration, and sustainable systems.
What kind of careers do civil and environmental engineers find?
Our graduates find high paying jobs within:
- Federal, state and municipal agencies.
- Private consulting firms involved with aspects of planning, design, construction, or environmental sustainability.
- The development of facilities, resources, and environmental control for industrial development.
Master of Science Degree
Students with Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in civil or environmental engineering are eligible to enter the M.S. degree program. Students with engineering degrees in areas other than civil engineering may be required to complete deficiency/prerequisite undergraduate courses. As a minimum, the following deficiency/prerequisite courses or equivalent will be required: MATH 141, 142 and 242; CHEM 111; PHYS 211 and 212; ECIV 200; ECIV 201; STAT 509. Students will also be required to take all undergraduate courses that are listed as prerequisites for courses taken for graduate credit. In general, deficiency/prerequisite courses must be completed with a B average. Specific Program Areas may require additional coursework.
An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale and 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on any graduate coursework is required for students wishing to enter the M.S. degree programs with B.S. degrees in engineering. Exceptions to the minimum undergraduate GPA requirements for admission to the M.S. degree program may be made for students with special qualifications.
For students with nonengineering baccalaureate degrees, or engineering degrees from programs not accredited by ABET, the minimum grade requirement is a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on their undergraduate coursework, and 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on any graduate coursework.
The general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for all students entering the M.S. degree program. Typically, successful applicants have combined scores of at least 301 (1100 in the old scale) on the Verbal and Quantitative (V + Q) sections, and at least 3.5 on the Analytical Writing section.
Applicants whose native language is not English are also required to submit a satisfactory score on the TOEFL or the IELTS Intl. Academic Course Type 2 exam. The minimum acceptable score on the TOEFL is 80 (internet-based) or 570 (paper-based). The minimum acceptable overall band score on the IELTS International Academic Course Type 2 exam is 6.5. In addition, students whose native language is not English are required to take a diagnostic test in English when they arrive at the University. Students with deficiencies are provided an opportunity for further study in reading, writing, and speaking English.
The requirements for M.S. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering conform hours. Students are required to take 24 semester hours of coursework as approved by student's thesis committee and the Graduate Director and 6 semester hours of Thesis Preparation (ECIV 799). At least 15 hours of coursework must be 700-level or higher. Up to 9 semester hours of coursework may be taken outside of the department for degree credit with the approval of the student's advisor and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Graduate Director. Prescribed Core Courses are required for each area of study. The student is responsible for satisfying both departmental and Graduate School requirements. Questions may be directed to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Graduate Director.
Graduate courses in Civil and Environmental Engineering are numbered 700 or higher. A limited number of courses numbered between 500 and 699 may be taken for graduate degree credit.
A maximum of 6 credits of ECIV 797 and graduate coursework used towards a baccalaureate degree may be used toward the student's program of study.
In addition to the above requirements, all students are required to attend the Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar in each semester in which they are full-time students. Full-time is defined as those on an assistantship and/or enrolled in 9 or more credit hours.
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