Geotechnical/Pavement Materials
  • Static behavior of anisotropic clays and sands
  • Soil liquefaction
  • Fracture of over consolidated clay
  • Bifurcation and shear banding in soils
  • Centrifuge modeling of static and dynamic soil behavior
  • Dynamic soil structure interaction
  • Non-destructive testing evaluation of soils and pavement materials
  • Micromechanical behavior of asphalt concrete under fatigue loading
  • Measurement of dynamic soil properties
  • Design of Structures for High-Speed Velocities
  • Stability of tailings dams
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmentally conscious manufacturing
  • Remediation of “old” metal-contaminated soils
  • Ex-situ “heap” remediation
  • Brownfields/structural remediation
  • Environmental modeling/software development
  • Environmental decision analysis
  • Geoenvironmental engineering
  • Preferential pathway flow development
  • Environmental fluid mechanics
  • Sediment remediation
  • Contaminated sediment dynamics
  • Colloid-facilitated contaminant transport in porous media
  • In-situ remediation of non-aqueous phase liquids
  • Influence of remediation techniques on hydraulic conductivity in clay soils
  • Forces at clay-water-contaminant interfaces
  • Environmental microbiology
  • Bioremediation
  • Civil Engineering Course Descriptions (ECIV)

    ECIV 160. Surveying and Computer Graphics (3)
    Principles and practice of surveying; error analysis, topographic mapping, introduction to photogrammetry and GIS; principles of graphics; computer-aided-drafting. Laboratory.

    ECIV 211. Civil Engineering Materials (3)
    Steel, concrete, wood, masonry, and fiber-reinforced plastic. Experiments, advanced reading, and field trips. Strength, stiffness, ductility, and other properties of materials. Experiments on the flexural, compressive, and shear behavior of structural elements. Laboratory. Recommended preparation: Concurrent enrollment in ECIV 310.

    ECIV 300. Undergraduate Research (3)
    Research conducted under the supervision of a sponsoring Civil Engineering faculty member. Research can be done on an independent topic or as part of an established on-going research activity. The student will prepare a written report on the results of the research. Course may fulfill one technical elective requirement.

    ECIV 310. Strength of Materials (3)
    Mechanical properties of materials, deformations, stresses, stains and their transformation. Torsion of structural and machine elements, pressure vessels and beams under combined loading. Deflection and statically indeterminate beams. Energy methods and column stability. Prereq: ENGR 200.

    ECIV 320. Structural Analysis I (3)
    Static, linear, structural analysis of trusses and frames for member forces and displacements; stiffness and flexibility formulations. Behavior of statically determinate and indeterminate systems. Kinematic mechanism limit state analysis of trusses and frames. Recommended preparation: ECIV 310. Prereq: ENGR 200.

    ECIV 321. Structural Analysis II (3)
    Stiffness and flexibility formulations for plane frames, grids, and space frames and matrix methods. Mechanism limit state analysis of frames. Introduction to nonlinear analysis and stability. Structural behavior of arches, cable networks, and other structural systems. Prereq: ECIV 320.

    ECIV 322. Structural Design I (3)
    Professional role of a structural engineer. Professional and legal responsibilities. Design of structures, beams, columns, beam-columns, and connections. Structures of steel and reinforced concrete. Recommended preparation: ECIV 320.

    ECIV 323. Structural Design II (3)
    Continuation of ECIV 322. Collapse limit state analysis/design, torsion of concrete members, reinforcing steel details, compression reinforced flexural members, two-way slabs, slender columns, torsion of steel members, lateral and local buckling of steel members, plate girders, intro to prestressed concrete design and timber design. Recommended preparation: ECIV 320 and ECIV 322.

    ECIV 330. Soil Mechanics (4)
    The physical, chemical, and mechanical properties of soils. Soil classification, capillarity, permeability, and flow nets. One dimensional consolidation, stress and settlement analysis. Shear strength, stability of cuts, and design of embankments, retaining walls and footings. Standard laboratory tests performed for the determination of the physical and mechanical properties of soils. Laboratory. Recommended preparation: ECIV 310.

    ECIV 340. Construction Management (3)
    Selected topics in construction management including specifications writing, contract documents, estimating, materials and labor, bidding procedures and scheduling techniques. The course is augmented by guest lecturers from local industries.

    ECIV 341. Construction Scheduling and Estimating (3)
    The focus is on scheduling, and estimating and bidding for public and private projects. This includes highways as well as industrial and building construction. The use of computers with the latest software in estimating materials, labor, equipment, overhead and profit is emphasized. Recommended preparation: ECIV 340 and consent of instructor.

    ECIV 351. Engineering Hydraulics and Hydrology (3)
    Application of fluid statics and dynamics to Civil Engineering Design. Hydraulic machinery, pipe network analysis, thrust, hammer, open channel flow, sewer system design, culverts, flow gauging, retention/detention basin design. Applied hydrology, hydrograph analysis and hydraulic routing will also be introduced. Recommended preparation: Concurrent enrollment in ENGR 225.

    ECIV 360. Civil Engineering Systems (3)
    Decision-making methods in civil engineering. Engineering economics. Linear and nonlinear programming; planning, scheduling, and CPM methods. Probability and reliability analysis for decisions with risk and uncertainty.

    ECIV 361. Water Resources Engineering (3)
    Water doctrine, probabilistic analysis of hydrologic data, common and rare event analysis, flood forecasting and control, reservoir design, hydrologic routing, synthetic streamflow generation, hydroelectric power, water resource quality, water resources planning. Recommended preparation: ECIV 351.

    ECIV 362. Solid and Hazardous Waste Management (3)
    Origin, characterization and magnitude of solid and hazardous waste. Solid and hazardous waste regulation. Methods of waste disposal. Techniques for waste reclamation and recycling. Waste management planning.

    ECIV 368. Environmental Engineering (3)
    Principle and practice of environmental engineering. Water and waste water engineering unit operations and processes including related topics from industrial waste disposal, air pollution and environmental health.

    ECIV 370. Unit Operations and Processes in Environmental Engineering (3)
    Physical, chemical, and biological operations and processes for the treatment of water supplies and municipal, industrial, and hazardous waste streams. Emphasis will be given to theoretical understanding and analysis of the involved processes and the design of treatment operations. Laboratory. Recommended preparation: ECIV 368.

    ECIV 396. Civil Engineering Special Topics I (1 - 3)
    Special topics in civil engineering in which a regular course is not available. Conferences and report.

    ECIV 397. Civil Engineering Topics II (3)
    Special topics in civil engineering in which a regular course is not available. Conferences and report.

    ECIV 398. Civil Engineering Senior Project (3)
    A project emphasizing research and/or design must be completed by all civil engineers. Requirements include periodic reporting of progress, plus a final oral presentation and written report. SAGES Senior Cap

    ECIV 400T. Graduate Teaching I (0)
    This series of three courses will provide Ph.D. students with practical experience in teaching at the university level and will expose them to effective teaching methods. Each course assignment will be organized in coordination with the student’s dissertation advisor and the department chair. Assignments will successively require more contact with students, with duties approaching the teaching requirements of a faculty member in the Ph.D. student’s area of study. Prereq: Ph.D. students in Civil Engineering.

    ECIV 405. Solid Mechanics I (3)
    Kinematics of deformation. Balance principles. The concept of stress. Consistent linearization. The concept of invariance in mechanics of solids. Variational principles. The principle of virtual work. Hyperelasticity. Application to Boundary Value Problems. Recommended preparation: ECIV 310 or equivalent or consent of instructor.

    ECIV 406. Constitutive Modeling Theories (3)
    Review of continuum mechanics. Application of theories of thermodynamics to the development of consistent constitutive models. Fundamentals in physics of deformation and fracture. Identification and rheological classification of real solids. Constitutive equations for thermoelastic, plastic, viscoplastic, linear and nonlinear viscoelastic solids. Internal variables. Strain and stress space formulations. Micromechanical considerations. Relation to experimental results. Effects of anisotropy and inhomogeneity. Temperature effects. Gradient and nonlocal theories. Uniqueness theorems. Extremum and variational principles. Stability. Recommended preparation: ECIV 405 or consent of instructor.

    ECIV 411. Elasticity, Theory and Applications (3)
    General analysis of deformation, strain, and stress. Elastic stress-strain relations and formulation of elasticity problems. Solution of elasticity problems by potentials. Simple beams. The torsion problem. Thick cylinders, disks, and spheres. Energy principle and introduction to variational methods. Elastic stability. Matrix and tensor notations gradually introduced, then used throughout the course. Recommended preparation: ECIV 310 or equivalent.

    ECIV 420. Finite Element Analysis (3)
    Computational methods for treating material and geometric nonlinearities. Finite Element, Finite Difference and Boundary element methods. Transient analysis methods, alternative mesh descriptions: Lagrangian, Eulerian, and arbitrary Lagrangian Eulerian. Generalized finite element methods and particle methods. Applications to advanced problems in mechanics. Recommended preparation: ECIV 310 or consent of instructor.

    ECIV 421. Advanced Reinforced Concrete Design (3)
    Properties of plain and reinforced concrete, ultimate strength of reinforced concrete structural elements, flexural and shear design of beams, bond and cracking, torsion, moment redistribution, limit analysis, yield line analysis of slabs, direct design and equivalent frame method, columns, fracture mechanics concepts. Recommended preparation: ECIV 322 and consent of instructor.

    ECIV 422. Advanced Structural Steel Design (3)
    Selected topics in structural steel design including plastic design, torsion, lateral buckling, torsional-flexural buckling, frame stability, plate girders, and connections, including critical review of current design specifications relating to these topics. Recommended preparation: ECIV 322.

    ECIV 423. Prestressed Concrete Design (3)
    Design of prestressed concrete structures, mechanical behavior of concrete suitable for prestressing and prestressing steels, load balancing, partial prestressing, prestressing losses, continuous beams, prestressed slab design, columns. Recommended preparation: ECIV 323 or ECIV 421 and consent of instructor.

    ECIV 424. Structural Dynamics (3)
    Modeling of structures as single and multidegree of freedom dynamic systems. The eigenvalue problem, damping, and the behavior of dynamic systems. Deterministic models of dynamic loads such as wind and earthquakes. Analytical methods, including modal, response spectrum, time history, and frequency domain analyses. Recommended preparation: ECIV 321 and consent of instructor.

    ECIV 425. Structural Design for Dynamic Loads (3)
    Structural design problems in which dynamic excitations are of importance. Earthquake, wind, blast, traffic, and machinery excitations. Human sensitivity to vibration, mechanical behavior of structural elements under dynamic excitation, earthquake response and earthquake-resistant design, wind loading, damping in structures, hysteretic energy dissipation, and ductility requirements. Recommended preparation: ECIV 424.

    ECIV 426. Structural Reliability (3)
    Introduction to probability and random variables. Probability models for structural loads and strength. Estimation of the reliability of structures. Simulation methods. Reliability-based structural design.

    ECIV 430. Foundation Engineering (3)
    Subsoil exploration. Various types of foundations for structures, their design and settlement performance, including spread and combined footings, mats, piers, and piles. Design of sand-drain installations and earth-retaining structures including retaining walls, sheet piles, and cofferdams. Case studies. Recommended preparation: ECIV 330.

    ECIV 431. Special Topics in Geotechnical Engineering (3)
    In situ test methods. Standard Penetration Test (SPT), Cone Penetration Test (CPT), pressuremeter, vane shear test, dilatometer, seismic methods, electromagnetic methods, and electrical methods. Geotechnical field instrumentation. Measurement of load, stress, pore pressure, and deformation in the field. Stress wave theory, pile driving analysis, pavement condition survey. Recommended preparation: ECIV 330

    ECIV 432. Mechanical Behavior of Soils (3)
    Soil statics and stresses in a half space-tridimensional consolidation and sand drain theory; stress-strain relations and representations with rheological models. Critical state and various failure theories and their experimental justification for cohesive and noncohesive soils. Laboratory measurement of rheological properties, pore water pressures, and strength under combined stresses. Laboratory. Recommended preparation: ECIV 330.

    ECIV 433. Soil Dynamics (3)
    I-DOF and M-DOF dynamics; wave propagation theory; dynamic soil properties. Foundation vibrations, design of machine foundations. Seismology; elastic and elastoplastic response spectra, philosophy of earthquake-resistant design. One and two-dimensional soil amplification, liquefaction, dynamic settlement. Soil-structure interaction during earthquakes. Recommended preparation: ECIV 330 and consent of instructor.

    ECIV 435. Rock Mechanics and Design (3)
    Physical properties and classification of intact rock and rock masses, rock exploration, engineering properties of rock, stresses in rock near underground openings. Rock tunneling, rock slope stability, bolting, blasting, grouting and rock foundation design. Recommended preparation: ECIV 330.

    ECIV 437. Pavement Analysis and Design (3)
    Analysis and design of rigid and flexible airfield and highway pavements. Pavement evaluation and rehabilitations, overlay design. Recommended preparation: ECIV 330.

    ECIV 451. Infrastructure Engineering Practice (3)
    Case studies presenting significant accomplishments in infrastructure engineering presented by distinguished practicing engineers. Case studies will examine the historical development of our infrastructure, assessing cultural value of our built environment, alternate infrastructure models, public empowerment, sustainability, stewardship, financing, legal issues, and concepts for future development of infrastructure systems. Students will write environmental and cultural assessments of specific infrastructure projects.

    ECIV 452. Infrastructure Aging and Assessment Technologies (4)
    Mechanical, thermal, and electrochemical processes that cause degradation of our built infrastructure. Reinforced concrete carbonation and freezing and thawing; fatigue, brittle fracture, and corrosion of steel; weathering of masonry; degradation of asphalt pavements; deterioration of underground systems; aging of polymer-based construction products such as sealants and coatings. Assessment technologies, including non-destructive testing and mathematical modeling. Laboratory and field experiences.

    ECIV 453. Infrastructure Rehabilitation Design (4)
    Rehabilitation materials and systems; mechanical, electrochemical, thermal, environmental, and aesthetic criteria for decision-making; design principles; specifications and control of construction processes; rehabilitation case studies. Application to structures, pipelines, pavements, and drainage systems.

    ECIV 454. Modeling Infrastructure Systems (4)
    Examination of the properties that distinguish infrastructure performance models from more traditional engineering analysis models. Infrastructure software implementation strategies. Application of existing models to problems such as water distribution systems, mass transport, pavement management, and brownfield redevelopment. Development of new models to address infrastructure performance and sustainability.

    ECIV 455. Infrastructure Engineering Decision Making (3)
    Aspects of decision theory applied to infrastructure systems. Review of probability and statistics, engineering economics, cost-benefit analysis, impact of social, historical, environmental and government policies on decisions. Emergency management and security considerations. Methods of project financing; asset management and asset optimization.

    ECIV 456. Intelligent Infrastructure Systems (3)
    Topics on smart infrastructure systems; smart materials fabrication, embedded sensing technology for infrastructure condition monitoring, the system models for infrastructural condition diagnosing and adaptive controlling, and spatial-temporal integrated infrastructure management system.

    ECIV 460. Environmental Remediation (3)
    Evolution of proactive environmental engineering to recover contaminated air, water, and soil environments. Lake and river remediation, contaminated sediments, indoor air quality, chemical spills, underground storage tanks, contaminated soils, solid and hazardous waste sites, superfund remediation. Recommended preparation: ECIV 368 or consent of instructor.

    ECIV 500T. Graduate Teaching II (0)
    This series of three courses will provide Ph.D. students with practical experience in teaching at the university level and will expose them to effective teaching methods. Each course assignment will be organized in coordination with the student’s dissertation advisor and the department chair. Assignments will successively require more contact with students, with duties approaching the teaching requirements of a faculty member in the Ph.D. student’s area of study. Prereq: Ph.D. student in Civil Engineering.

    ECIV 505. Solid Mechanics II - Advanced Elasticity (3)
    Boundary value problems in linear and nonlinear elasticity using complex variables, Green’s functions, and integral transform techniques; thermoelasticity; wave propagation; micromechanics and the equivalent inclusion method; dislocations; composite materials; thin films; energy methods. Recommended preparation: ECIV 405 or consent of instructor.

    ECIV 510. Computational Mechanics (3)
    Computational methods for treating material and geometric nonlinearities. Finite element, finite difference, and boundary element methods. Generalized finite element and particle methods. Applications to advanced problems in mechanics. Recommended preparation: ECIV 406, ECIV 420, ECIV 505, or consent of instructor.

    ECIV 520. Random Processes in Engineering (3)
    Random vectors and second moment theory. Time and frequency domain characterization of random processes and fields. Poisson and Markov processes. Random vibration. The first passage problem. Digital simulation of random processes and analysis of time series. Applications focus on stochastic models for phenomena such as earthquakes, wind turbulence, ocean waves, traffic flow, and others related to civil engineering.

    ECIV 521. Stochastic Materials Behavior (3)
    Applications of random processes to characterization of material structure; elements of quantitative stereology; micromechanical stochastic modeling of stress-strain behavior and static strength; modeling of fatigue strength and crack growth; stochastic simulation of material structure and deformation processes. Recommended preparation: ECIV 405 or ECIV 411, ECIV 520 or consent of instructor.

    ECIV 560. Environmental Engineering Modeling (3)
    Translation of the biology, chemistry and physics of environmental problems into mathematical models. Equilibrium and kinetic reaction systems, domain analysis. Lake, river and treatment process models. Convective, dispersive, reactive, sorptive, diffusive mass transport.Transport model calibration. Applications to bio-films, air pollution, spills, groundwater contamination.

    ECIV 561. Groundwater Analysis (3)
    Principles of mass transport through porous media, formulation of saturated and unsaturated flow equations in alternative coordinate systems, analytical and numerical solutions of flow equations, application of existing groundwater software, analysis of solute transport problems.

    ECIV 584. Theory of Plasticity and Damage Mechanics (3)
    The physics of plasticity and damage. Yield criteria, flow rules and hardening rules. Loading criteria. Proportional and non-proportional loading. Strain softening. Relation between elastic-plastic and rigid-plastic representations. Isotropic and kinematic linear and nonlinear hardening. Damage variables. Effective stress. Measurement of damage. Isotropic and nonisotropic damage. Plasticity coupled with damage. Boundary value problems. Dynamic problems. Applications to structural analysis, soil mechanics and metal forming. Recommended preparation: ECIV 405, ECIV 411 and consent or instructor.

    ECIV 585. Fracture Mechanics (3)
    Crack tip fields, stress intensity factors, singular solutions, energy changes with crack growth, cohesive zone models, fracture toughness, small scale yielding, experimental techniques, fracture criteria, J-integral, R-curve, fatigue cracks, fracture of composites, dynamic fracture. Recommended preparation: ECIV 405, ECIV 411 and consent of instructor.

    ECIV 587. Advanced Mechanics Seminar (3)
    Advanced topics in mechanics of solids. Thermodynamics with internal variables; thermoelasticity; plasticity; gradient theories; finite theories of plasticity; damage mechanics; endochronic plasticity; non-linear fracture mechanics; probabilistic mechanics. Recommended preparation: ECIV 406, ECIV 420, ECIV 505 or consent of instructor.

    ECIV 600T. Graduate Teaching III (0)
    This series of three courses will provide Ph.D. students with practical experience in teaching at the university level and will expose them to effective teaching methods. Each course assignment will be organized in coordination with student’s dissertation advisor and the department chair. Assignments will successively require more contact with students, with duties approaching the teaching requirements of a faculty member in the Ph.D. student’s area of study. Prereq: Ph.D. students in Civil Engineering.

    ECIV 601. Independent Study (1 - 18)
    Plan B.

    ECIV 611. Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar (0)
    Distinguished outside speakers present current research in various topics of Civil Engineering. Graduate students also present technical papers based on thesis research.

    ECIV 650. Infrastructure Project (1 - 6)
    Project based experience in the application of infrastructure engineering principles to a complex infrastructure system.

    ECIV 651. Thesis M.S. (1 - 18)
    Plan A.

    ECIV 660. Special Topics (1 - 18)
    Topics of special interest to students and faculty. Topics can be those covered in a regular course when the student cannot wait for the course to be offered.

    ECIV 701. Dissertation Ph.D. (1 - 18)
    Prereq: Predoctoral research consent or advanced to Ph.D. candidacy milestone.

    Bachelor of Science in Engineering Degree
    Major in Civil Engineering


    First Year (Class-Lab-Credit Hours)
    Open elective (3-0-3)
    CHEM 111 Principles of Chemistry for Engineers (4-0-4)
    ENGR 131 Elementary Computer Programming (2-2-3)
    FSCC 100 SAGES First Seminar (4-0-4)
    MATH 121 Calculus for Science and Engineering I (4-0-4)
    PHED 101 Physical Education Activities (0-3-0)
    Total (17-5-18)

    SAGES University Seminar I (3-0-3)
    ENGR 145 Chemistry of Materials (4-0-4)
    MATH 122 Calculus for Science and Engineering II (4-0-4)
    PHED 102 Physical Education Activities (0-3-0)
    PHYS 121 General Physics I. Mechanics (4-0-4)
    Total (15-3-15)

    Second Year
    SAGES University Seminar II (3-0-3)
    ECIV 160 Surveying and Computer Graphics (2-3-3)
    EMAE 250 Computers in Mechanical Engineering a (3-2-3)
    ENGR 200 Statics and Strength of Materials (3-0-3)
    MATH 223 Calculus for Science and Engineering III (3-0-3)
    PHYS 122 General Physics II. Electricity & Magnetism (4-0-4)
    Total (17-5-19)

    Humanities or Social Science (3-0-3)
    ECIV 310 Strength of Materials (3-0-3)
    EMAE 181 Dynamics (3-0-3)
    ENGR 210 Introduction to Circuits and Instrumentation (3-2-4)
    MATH 224 Elementary Differential Equations (3-0-3)
    Total (15-2-16)

    Third Year
    Humanities or Social Science (3-0-3)
    ECIV 211 Civil Engineering Materials (1-3-3)
    ECIV 320 Structural Analysis I (3-0-3)
    ENGL 398N Professional Communications for Engineers (3-0-3)
    ENGR 225 Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Heat and Mass Transfer (3-0-4)
    Total (13-3-16)

    ECIV 322 Structural Design I (2-2-3)
    ECIV 330 Soil Mechanics (3-2-4)
    ECIV 351 Engineering Hydraulics and Hydrology (3-0-3)
    ECIV 368 Environmental Engineering (2-2-3)
    Approved elective b (3-0-3)
    Total (13-6-16)

    Fourth Year
    Humanities or Social Science (3-0-3)
    ECIV 340 Construction Management (3-0-3)
    ECIV 398 Civil Engineering Senior Project (0-6-3)
    Approved elective b (3-0-3)
    Approved elective b (3-0-3)
    Total (12-6-15)

    Humanities or Social Science (3-0-3)
    ECIV 360 Civil Engineering Systems (3-2-3)
    PHYS 221 or approved Natural Sciences substitute (3-0-3)
    Approved elective b (3-0-3)
    Open elective (3-0-3)
    Total (15-2-15)

    Hours required for graduation: 130

    a. May substitute EECS 251.
    b. Must be part of an approved sequence.