Course Descriptions

Civil and Environmental Engineering Courses


Professors: Paul A. Bosela , Norbert J. Delatte, Stephen F. Duffy (Chair), Yung-Tse Hung, Chin Kuo, Mark Tumeo; Associate Professors: Philip H. DeGroot, Nilufer Dural, Lutful L. Khan, Walter M. Kocher: Emeriti: Paul X. Bellini, William G. Fleck, John Hemann, John J. Tomko.

Course Descriptions

CVE 211 Surveying (3-2-3). Prerequisite: MTH 181. Theory and techniques of horizontal and vertical distance measurement, angle measurement, theory and adjustment of errors, area and traverse calculations, tacheometry, state plane coordinate system, topographic mapping, horizontal and vertical curves, earthwork calculations, fundamentals of engineering graphics, integration of geometrical theory, and computer-aided drawing. Return to top

CVE 212Intro of Measurements & Numerical Methods for Civil EngineersSurveying Laboratory (1-2-2). Co-requisite: CVE 211. Practical application of theory learned in CVE 211: the development of practical skills in AutoCad and other important Civil Engineering software applications; and a basic understanding of data manipulation in design drawing through the collection and manipulation of field surveying data. Course will involve measurement of horizontal distances, horizontal angles, and elevations, conducting location surveys, and use of various software tools to manipulate data and develop and draw construction plans.Return to top

CVE 310 Strength of Materials Laboratory (1-2-2). Laboratory testing of engineering materials to determine physical properties and to verify basic theories. ESC 211 must be taken concurrently. Return to top

CVE 312 Structural Analysis 1 (3-0-3). Prerequisite: ESC 211. Truss and frame analysis, influence lines and load position criteria, deflection analysis, analysis of indeterminate structures by compatibility methods, moment distribution method, slope deflection method. Return to top

CVE 322 Structural Steel Design (3-0-3). Prerequisite: CVE 312. Design of structural steel components subject to tensile, compressive, bending and combined bending and compressive loadings; design of bolted and welded connections. Return to top

CVE 331 Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering (3-0-3). Prerequisite: ESC 211. Phase relationships, index properties, soil classification, clay mineralogy and soil structure. Soil-water interaction; capillarity, shrinkage and swelling, permeability seepage and effective stress, shear strength and consolidation theories, slope stability. Return to top

CVE 332 Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory (1-2-2). Corequisite: CVE 331. Performance of basic soil tests, such as Atterberg limits, grain size analysis, compaction, consolidation, and triaxial testing. Return to top

CVE 360 Mechanics of Fluids and Basic Thermal Systems for Civil Engineers (4-0-4).Prerequisites: ESC 201 and ESC 250. This course provides the students with a comprehensive study of mechanics of fluids and an exposure to key concepts from thermodynamics and heat transfer, tailored for civil and environmental engineering disciplines.Return to top

CVE 361 Hydraulic Engineering (3-0-3). Prerequisite: ESC 301. Application of the principles of fluid mechanics to the design and operation of pipeline, pump, open channel, and ground water hydraulic systems. Introduction to hydrology. Return to top

CVE 362 Hydraulics Laboratory (1-2-1). Prerequisite or Corequisite: CVE 361. Experimental verification of pump, open channel, and ground water energy loss theory. Measurement of pipe and open channel flow. Determination of centrifugal pump operating characteristics. Return to top

CVE 371 Environmental Engineering I (3-0-3). Prerequisite: CVE 360, Co-requisite: CVE 374 . Introduction to environmental engineering issues, legal aspects, engineering solutions, and basic approaches to abatement system design. Includes water quality, water supply, wastewater treatment systems, air pollution abatement, fate of pollutants, solid wastes, hazardous wastes, hazardous materials management, and environmental impacts. Return to top

CVE 374 Environmental Engineering Laboratory (1-2-2).Pre-requisites: CHM 261, CHM 266, ESC 201, and CVE 360. This course must be taken concurrently with CVE 371.  The objective of the laboratory course is to demonstrate the application of basic chemistry, biology and thermodynamics to environmental engineering, laboratory methods and interpretation of result to provide the student with a strong fundamental understanding of environmental engineering issues and engineering solutions. The laboratory course will supplement and help demonstrate the application of the fundamental science concepts required to understand and solve environmental engineering issues. Students will learn basic sampling, laboratory methods and data analysis techniques as applied to treatment and remediation system designs.Return to top

CVE 392H - Junior Honors (credit as arranged).  Prerequisites: Junior standing, and approval of student’s honors advisor.  Student will enroll in an existing 300-level course in the department. The course will be modified to provide additional material appropriate to an honors course. The course modifications will be arranged by mutual consent between the student, the course instructor, the student’s honors advisor, and the student's department undergraduate advisor. May be repeated for credit. Return to top

CVE 401 Structural Engineering Laboratory (0-3-1). Prerequisite: CVE 422. Laboratory work in testing of structural engineering materials and components; proportioning of concrete mixes; testing of concrete cylinders, beams, and reinforcing bars. Return to top

CVE 403 Construction Planning and Principles of Estimating (3-0-3). Prerequisites: CVE 322, CVE 331. Types and uses of construction equipment and study of construction procedures; study of different types of estimates, direct and indirect costs, insurance, taxes, and bonds; analysis of construction schedule planning by CPM or PERT. Return to top

CVE 404 Civil Engineering Systems Analysis (4-0-4). Prerequisite: Senior standing. Application of standard mathematical optimization procedures to the solution of linear and nonlinear civil engineering systems. Return to top

CVE 412 Structural Analysis II (3-0-3). Prerequisites: CVE 312, ESC 350. Matrix analysis of two- and three-dimensional trusses, continuous beams, and frames; emphasis on the displacement method and stiffness matrix development. Use of AutoCad and an ALGOR software program are required. Return to top

CVE 413 Advanced Strength of Materials (4-0-4). Prerequisite: ESC 211. This course will foster an understanding of a number of advanced concepts in the field of engineering mechanics. Topics include three-dimensional stress-strain relationships, failure theories, bending of non-symmetrical members, curved beam theory, beams on elastic foundations, torsion of noncircular shafts using membrane analogy, and plate theory. Return to top

CVE 414 Analysis and Design of Composite Materials (4-0-4). Prerequisite: ESC 211. Behavior of unidirectional composites, rule of mixtures, short-fiber composites, analysis of orthotropic lamina, analysis of laminated composites, design of polymer composite structures, and repair of reinforced concrete structures with composite materials. Return to top

CVE 415 Reliability (4-0-4). Prerequisites: CVE 413, ESC 310. Structural reliability depends on a precise definition of failure, which is usually specified by loss of service. In order to quantify reliability, a basic review of reliability mathematics, including probability density functions and hazard rate functions, is provided. Aspects of Monte Carlo and decision tree analysis will be discussed as they relate to structural analysis. Since there is appreciable scatter in the failure strength of brittle materials (such as ceramics and concrete) the concepts of Weibull analysis and weakest link theory will be thoroughly discussed. Bundle theory and its relationship to composite materials will be introduced. Standard techniques to estimate statistical parameters such as linear and nonlinear regression analysis, as well as maximum likelihood estimation methods will be highlighted. Finally, issues relating to limit state functions, the reliability index, and approximate methods will be discussed. Return to top

CVE 417 Structural Vibrations (4-0-4). Prerequisites: ESC 202, ESC 250, CVE 412. Dynamic response of single and multiple degree-of-freedom and continuous structural systems to general force inputs by integration and modal methods, approximate design methods of structural systems under dynamic loading. Return to top

CVE 421 Behavior and Properties of Concrete (3-0-3). Prerequisite: CVE 422. Properties of hydraulic cements, aggregates, plastic, and hardened concrete; effect of admixtures and curing conditions; specifications and acceptance tests; placement, consolidation, finishing, and durability of concrete. Return to top

CVE 422 Reinforced Concrete Design (3-0-3). Prerequisite: CVE 322. Analysis and design of reinforced concrete members by service and ultimate strength methods; flexure, shear, displacement, and anchorage of beams; combined axial and bending stresses in columns; one-way slabs and continuous beams. Return to top

CVE 423 Prestressed Concrete (3-0-3). Prerequisite: CVE 422. Immediate and long-term stress losses in post-tensioned and pre-tensioned members; analysis and design of prestressed structural members for flexure and shear; proportioning of members for size and placement of reinforcement; analysis of crack width, development, and deflection. Return to top

CVE 424 Non-Destructive Evaluation (3-2-4). Theory, methods, applications, and case studies of nondestructive evaluation for detecting and evaluating flaws and estimating the engineering properties of materials. Methods covered such as ultrasonics, acoustic emissions, impact-echo, seismic waves, ground penetrating radar, and thermal methods, with hands-on applications in a laboratory setting. Return to top

CVE 425 Advanced Structural Design (3-0-3). Topics in reinforced concrete and steel design, plastic design of beams and frames, composite construction, plate girder design, torsion, two-way slab design and limit state design. Return to top

CVE 426 Preliminary Design (0-3-2). Prerequisite: Senior standing. A capstone course which applies and extends previously developed principles of civil engineering. Students will form teams and work on design projects under the supervision of civil engineering faculty in the various areas offered by the faculty. Computer-aided analysis, cost estimation, planning, and management should be included in the design. Registration must be for two consecutive semesters of 2 credits each. Return to top

CVE 427 Capstone Design (0-3-2).Prerequisite: CVE 426. A capstone design course which applies and extends previously developed principles of civil engineering including engineering standards and realistic constraints. Students work in multi-disciplinary teams on planning, design and analysis of a civil project, involving as much as possible all major aspects of the civil engineering profession. Computer-aided analysis, cost estimation, planning and management should be included in the design.Return to top

CVE 428 Structural Wood Design (4-0-4). Prerequisite: CVE 322. Vertical dead and live loads due to gravity, roof, and floor. Lateral design loads due to wind and seismic. Properties and grades of sawn lumber and glulam members; modification factors of allowable stresses; analysis and design of sawn and glulam beams for flexure and lateral stability, shear, bearing, and deflections; analysis and design of axially loaded members, combined axial, and bending effects. Properties and grades of plywood and other rated sheathing; analysis and design of horizontal diaphragms, chords, drag struts, and shearwalls. Design of nailed, bolted connections; timber connectors and connection hardware. Return to top

CVE 429 Foundation Engineering (3-0-3). Prerequisites: CVE 331 and CVE 332. Subsurface exploration, bearing capacity analysis, shallow foundation design; spread footing, combined footing and mat footing. Lateral earth pressure theory; retaining wall design; sheet piles; deep foundations; piles and caissons; soil improvement. Return to top

CVE 430 Advanced Soil Mechanics (3-0-3). Prerequisite: CVE 331. Soil mineralogy, determination of soil composition, clay-water electrolyte systems, soil composition, and engineering properties. Conduction phenomenon. Frozen soil engineering. Return to top

CVE 431 Advanced Foundations (3-0-3). Prerequisite: CVE 429. Subsurface explorations, shallow foundations, design of spread footings, mats, retaining walls, deep foundations, design of piles, piers and caissons. Return to top

CVE 440 Soil Stabilization and Decontamination (3-1-3). Prerequisites: CVE 331 and CVE 373. Engineering classification of soils; clay mineralogy; properties of different types of soils including strength, permeability, volume-density and characteristics; soil contaminant interaction, methods of soil stabilization, methods of soil decontamination, process selection, and site remediation. Soil decontamination design project. Return to top

CVE 441 Traffic Flow Theory (4-0-4).The Traffic Flow Theory course provides the basic concepts and theories of traffic flow characteristics and the associated analytical techniques. This course reviews the foundations of traffic science and presents the major classes of models derived for traffic flow. Recent developments and topics of current research are introduced. The course also addresses the implications of the models and the traffic system properties for traffic operations and control.Return to top

CVE 442 Urban Transportation Planning (4-0-4).Focus on factors involved in the process of urban planning and regional transportation systems, encompassing all modes. Provides students with theory and applications of urban transportation planning studies, traffic models, investment models, programming and scheduling.Return to top

CVE 446 Transportation Engineering (3-0-3). Prerequisite: CVE 331. Survey of transportation development, characteristics, and planning; traffic characteristics capacity of various systems, including basic procedures, controls, and criteria in highway design; environmental considerations. Return to top

CVE 447 Highway Engineering (4-0-4). Properties of materials used in highway construction. Effects of loading and the environment on pavement life. Design of flexible and rigid pavement systems. Construction methods and management. Return to top

CVE 450 Environmental Technology (3-0-3). Introduction to environmental quality, water resources, wastewater treatment, air pollution, solid and hazardous waste management, waste site remediation. Emphasis on solutions to business, industrial, and manufacturing problems; including site audits, pollution prevention and regulatory issues. (This course is for non-engineers only.) Return to top

CVE 451 Boundary Surveying (3-0-3). Prerequisites: CVE 211, CVE 212. The land surveyor's role, analysis of evidence and procedures for boundary locations, retracement principles for sequences, simultaneous and public surveys, laws on surveying practices. (Surveying Certificate Program only.) Return to top

CVE 452 Real Estate Law (3-0-3). Prerequisites: CVE 211, CVE 212. Legal aspects of real estate transactions and documents (deeds, mortgages and leases) and selected elements of the law of real estate brokerage. (Surveying Certificate Program only.) Return to top

CVE 453 Subdivision Design (3-0-3). Prerequisites: CVE 211, CVE 212. Process of subdividing and platting land; analysis of soils, topography, terrain, earthwork, geometry and other variables for land subdivision; plat preparation; layout of development plans. (Surveying Certificate Program only.) Return to top

CVE 454 Route Surveying (3-0-3). Prerequisites: CVE 211, CVE 212. Route surveying and geometric design; topographic site surveys and mapping; civil engineering and construction surveys; earthwork computation; layout of industrial plants, buildings, cables, pipelines and manufacturing. (Surveying Certificate Program only.) Return to top

CVE 461 Hydrologic Analysis (3-0-3). Prerequisite CVE 361. Characterization and analysis of the hydrologic cycle and associated hydrologic abstractions. Statistical analysis of hydrologic events, hydrologic routing, and the effects of urbanization on the hydrologic response of a watershed. Return to top

CVE 462 Open Channel Hydraulics (3-0-3). Prerequisite: CVE 361. Application of the principles of the conservation of mass, energy, and momentum to open channel flow phenomena. Analysis of open channel hydraulic structures and floodplain hydraulics. Emphasis is on computer applications and numerical methods. Return to top

CVE 463 Water Resources Engineering (3-0-3). Prerequisite: CVE 361.Analysis and hydraulic design of water resource engineering subsystems including subsurface drainage, pressure flow systems, pumps and turbines, reservoirs, spillways, and landfills. Return to top

CVE 464 Ground-Water Hydrology (3-0-3).Analysis of the physical properties and the resultant ground water flow in porous media. Application of the principles of the conservation and mass, energy, and momentum to ground water flow systems. Includes well hydraulics, well design, aquifer analysis, infiltration, flow in the unsaturated zone, and an introduction to ground water contamination. Return to top

CVE 470 Environmental Chemistry (4-0-4). Theoretical concepts from inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry applied to water chemistry and environmental engineering issues. Return to top

CVE 471 Environmental Law, Regulation and Compliance (4-0-4). The study of environmental legislation and the resultant regulations as they apply to the environmental engineering profession. Addresses federal, state, and local regulations as applied to soil, water, air, and multimedia engineering activities. Return to top

CVE 472 Biological Principles of Environmental Engineering (4-0-4). Application of the principles of biochemistry and microbiology including microbial metabolic cycles, enzyme systems, inhibitors, and electron transport mechanisms important to the water and wastewater treatment processes. Return to top

CVE 473 Environmental Engineering II (3-0-3). Prerequisite: CVE 371. Introduction to environmental engineering design of unit processes and pollution abatement systems. Topics include water treatment plant design, wastewater treatment plant design, air pollution abatement systems, solid waste engineering management, hazardous waste engineering management, and waste site remediation. Return to top

CVE 475 Solid and Hazardous Waste Engineering (4-0-4). Generation, storage, collection, transfer, treatment, and disposal of solid waste. Addresses engineering and management issues including waste minimization and recycling. Return to top

CVE 476 Environmental Health Engineering (4-0-4). The application of engineering principles to the analysis and control of problems in occupational and environmental health, with emphasis on problems in small water and wastewater treatment systems, industrial hygiene, air pollution, noise, hazardous materials control, and public health. Return to top

CVE 478 Water Treatment Plant Design (4-0-4). Design of water treatment and distribution systems, engineering principles in design, selection of alternative process schemes, and cost estimates. Return to top

CVE 479 Wastewater Treatment Plant Design (4-0-4). Design of wastewater treatment and collection systems, engineering principles in design, selection of alternative process schemes, and cost estimates. Return to top

CVE 481 Air Pollution (4-0-4). Prerequisite: CVE 470. Types of air pollutants, and their sources, characteristics, environmental effects, control, and environmental fate. Dispersion modeling. Return to top

CVE 490 Special Topics (1 to 4 credits). Prerequisites: Senior standing and departmental approval. Detailed study of a special topic under the guidance of a faculty member. Available every semester. Return to top

CVE 491 Advanced Civil Engineering Design or Research I (1 to 4 Credits). Prerequisite: Senior standing. Advanced design or research under the direction of an instructor. Available every semester. Return to top

CVE 492H - Senior Honors (credit as arranged).  Prerequisites: Senior standing, and approval of student’s honors advisor.  Student will enroll in an existing 400-level course in the department. The course will be modified to provide additional material appropriate to an honors course. The course modifications will be arranged by mutual consent between the student, the course instructor, the student’s honors advisor, and the student's department undergraduate advisor. May be repeated for credit.Return to top

CVE 495H - Honors Research (credit as arranged).  Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing, and approval of student’s honors advisor.  Student will be involved in an engineering research or development project under the personal supervision of a faculty member. The specific responsibilities of the student will be arranged by mutual consent of the student, the student’s honors advisor, and the department’s undergraduate advisor. May be repeated for credit.Return to top

CVE 499H - Honors Thesis (credit as arranged). Prerequisites: Senior standing, and approval of student’s honors advisor.  Student will be involved in an engineering research or development project under the personal supervision of a faculty member. The specific responsibilities of the student will be arranged by mutual consent of the student, the student’s honors advisor, and the department’s undergraduate advisor. The culmination of this course is a written thesis that is approved by a committee of departmental faculty members. The student will also present a public, oral defense of the thesis. May be repeated for credit.Return to top

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