Civil Engineering
 

master's program

Graduate Program Overview

The Civil Engineering Department offers degree options in:

  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Construction Management

Leading to the following degrees:

  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering
  • Master of Science in Environmental Engineering
  • Master of Science in Construction Management
  • Master of Engineering in Environmental Engineering

The Department also offers a Certificate program in Construction Management as discussed below.

Course Requirements for MSCE Program

The MSCE graduate program requires a minimum grade point average of 3.0 for graduation. Only grades of A, B, and C are accepted for graduate credit. The thesis option program requires a minimum of 30 graduate credits. At least 18 credits must be graduate level courses and 6 credits must be taken as thesis research (CE 5398 and CE 5399). The non-thesis option of the MSCE program requires a minimum of 33 graduate credits; at least 21 of these credits must be graduate level courses, and 6 credits must be taken as graduate Design Project (CE 5396 and CE 5397). No more than three courses in construction management area can be applied toward the MSCE. For both options, the students can count a maximum of 6 credits of undergraduate courses approved for graduate credit. The undergraduate courses approved for graduate credits are:

3325 Environmental Engineering Fundamentals(3-0)
3336 Civil Engineering Materials (3-0)
4153 Water and Waste Laboratory (3-0)
4335 Structural Design I (3-0)
4340 Transportation Engineering (3-0)
4342 Water and Wastewater Engineering (3-0)
4361 Structural Design II (3-0)
4371 Engineering Problems-Seminar (3-0)
4348 Geotechnical Engineering (3-3)
4456 Hydraulic Engineering (3-3)

Course Requirements for MSEnE and MEEnE Programs

The MSEnE and MEEnE programs require a minimum grade point of 3.0 for graduation. Only grades A, B, and C are accepted for graduate credit. The MSEnE requires a minimum of 30 graduate credits, 24 credits of regular coursework and 6 credits of thesis research (CE 5398 and CE 5399). The MEEnE program requires a minimum of 36 graduate credits, 30 credits of coursework, and 6 credits of graduate design project (CE 5396 and CE 5397).

Required Courses

Both programs in Environmental Engineering require that all students take at least 4 of the following courses:

CE 5302 Groundwater Hydrology
CE 5312 Environmental Processes
CE 5322 Hazardous and Special Wastes Management
CE 5325 Air Pollution Control
CE 5344 Biological Unit Operations and Processes
CE 5345 Advanced Water Treatment Processes
CE 5409 Environmental Engineering Chemistry

Elective Courses

In addition to the required courses, students pursuing the MSEnE degree must take a minimum of 10 hours of graduate credit from the list below. Those pursuing the MSEnE must take 13 hours from the list. A maximum of 9 hours of upper division courses may be credited towards the degree:

CE 5312 Environmental Processes
CE 5321 Industrial Hygiene and Toxicology
CE 5326 Air Pollution Control
CE 5332 Modern Methods of Engineering Computations
CE 5340 Numerical Methods in Earth Sciences
CE 5342 Groundwater Contamination and Reclamation
CE 5343 Environmental Analysis Techniques
CE 5345 Advanced Water Treatment Processes
CE 5346 Industrial and Hazardous Waste Characterization and Treatment
CE 5347 Vadose Zone Hydrology
CE 5348 Design of Water and Waste Water Systems
CE 5349 Design of Filtration and Membrane Processes
CE 5350 On-site Wastewater Treatment
CE 5437 Properties of Unconsolidated Sediments
GEOL 5384 Nuclear Waste Disposal
CHEM 3324 Organic Chemistry
CHEM 3351 Physical Chemistry
CHEM 4211 Instrumental Methods of Analytical Chemistry

No more than three courses in construction management area can be applied toward the MSEnE or MEEnE.

Course Requirements for MSCM Program

The MSCM graduate program in Construction Management requires a minimum grade point average of 3.0 for graduation. Only grades of A, B, and C are accepted for graduate credit. The program requires a minimum of 30 graduate credits. Course requirements include seven required courses and three approved electives in civil engineering, construction management or business. The seven required courses are the following:

CE 5324 Construction Project Management,
CE 5382 Construction Cost Estimating,
CE 5387 Construction Scheduling,
CE 5386 Construction Law,
CE 5388 Construction Safety,
CE 5389 Construction Methods, and
CE 5385 Construction Internship.

The undergraduate courses approved for graduate credits are:

CE3325 Environmental Engineering Fundamentals,
CE 3336 Civil Engineering Materials,
CE 4335 Structural Design I,
CE 4340 Transportation Engineering,
CE 4342 Water and Wastewater Engineering,
CE 4348 Geotechnical Engineering, and
CE 4361 Structural Design II.

Graduate Civil Engineering courses approved for electives include:

CE5320 Advanced Geotechnical Engineering,
CE 5322 Hazardous and Special Waste management, and
CE 5352 Foundation Engineering
College of Business courses approved for electives include
ACCT 5301 Financial Accounting,
FIN 5311 Financial Management, and
FIN 5318 Capital Formation, Analysis, and Budgeting.

Course Requirements for Certificate in Construction Management

A Certificate program requires completion of five courses totaling 15credits. Each Certificate course can be applied to an MSCE program. The courses required are listed below:

CE 5324 Construction Management
CE 5382 Construction Cost Analysis and Bidding
CE 5384 Communicating in English-Spanish for Construction management
CE 5385 Construction Internship

One of the Civil Engineering  undergraduate or  graduate  courses of interest to the student listed under the MSCM program