Academic Programs Catalog

College of Engineering

Graduate Study

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers the graduate degree programs that are listed below:

Master of Science
Civil Engineering
Environmental Engineering

Doctor of Philosophy
Civil Engineering
Environmental Engineering

The civil engineering degrees offer tracks in structural, materials, pavement, and geotechnical engineering, and hydrology and water resources.  The environmental engineering degrees offer specializations in environmental chemistry and physical-chemical processes, environmental microbiology and biotechnology, environmental hydrology and water resources, and geoenvironmental engineering.

The Master of Science degrees provide opportunities for students who seek to enter professional practice as specialists or to continue study in a doctoral program. The Doctor of Philosophy degrees are research focused, designed to prepare students for careers in teaching, research or advanced specialized practice.

 


Civil Engineering - Master of Science

Students in the master's and doctoral degree programs in civil engineering may pursue advanced study in the areas of structures, fluid mechanics and hydraulics, geotechnical engineering, pavements, and transportation.

Master of Science

The student plans a program of study with the help of his or her academic advisor and subject to the approval of the advisor.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Engineering, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

An applicant for admission to the master's degree program in civil engineering should have a bachelor's degree in civil engineering or a related field and should have a grade–point average that would indicate success in graduate study.  Examples of fields that are related to civil engineering are other engineering professional fields, physics, computer science, urban planning, and chemistry.

Depending on their undergraduate programs and their specialties within civil engineering, students who are admitted to the master's degree program with bachelor's degrees in fields related to civil engineering may be required to complete collateral courses.

All applicants are encouraged to submit their scores from the Graduate Record Examination General Test.

Requirements for the Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering

The student must complete a total of 30 credits for the degree under either Plan A (with thesis) or Plan B (without thesis).

A student under Plan A must complete at least 4, but not more than 8, credits of Civil Engineering 899. Should the student complete more than 8 credits of Civil Engineering 899, no more than 8 credits may be counted toward the requirements for the degree.

A student under Plan B may choose to complete a research project or a design project as part of the 30 credits required for the degree. A student who elects either of these options must complete at least 1, but not more than 3, credits of Civil Engineering 892 or at least 3, but not more than 5, credits of Civil Engineering 893.



Civil Engineering - Doctor of Philosophy

Admission

All applicants are encouraged to submit their scores from the Graduate Record Examination General Test.

Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Civil Engineering

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Engineering, students must meet the requirements specified by their guidance committees.



Environmental Engineering - Master of Science

Students in the master's and doctoral degree programs in environmental engineering may pursue advanced study in the areas of biological and chemical treatment of hazardous substances in soils, leachates, industrial wastes, and groundwater; the fate and movement of chemical contaminants in surface water, groundwater, and soils; and environmental chemistry.

Master of Science

The student plans a program of study with the help of his or her academic advisor and subject to the approval of the advisor.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Engineering, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

Applicants for admission are expected to have a level of competency equivalent to that achieved by earning an undergraduate degree in environmental engineering, or in civil engineering with an environmental engineering specialization.  The undergraduate program should have included courses in mathematics through differential equations, chemistry, physics (mechanics), fluid mechanics, computer programming, and the design of water and wastewater treatment processes.

Depending on their undergraduate programs and their specialties within environmental engineering, students who are admitted to the master's degree program with bachelor's degrees in fields related to environmental engineering may be required to complete collateral courses.

All applicants are encouraged to provide their scores from the Graduate Record Examination General Test.

Requirements for the Master of Science Degree in Environmental Engineering

The student must complete a total of 30 credits for the degree under either Plan A (with thesis) or Plan B (without thesis).

A student under Plan A must complete at least 4, but not more than 8, credits of Environmental Engineering 899. Should the student complete more than 8 credits of Environmental Engineering 899, no more than 8 credits may be counted toward the requirements for the degree.

A student under Plan B may choose to complete a research project or a design project as part of the 30 credits required for the degree.  A student who elects either of these options must complete at least 1, but not more than 3, credits of Environmental Engineering 892 or at least 3, but not more than 5, credits of Environmental Engineering 893.



Environmental Engineering - Doctor of Philosophy

Admission

All applicants are encouraged to submit their scores from the Graduate Record Examination General Test.

Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Environmental Engineering

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Engineering, students must meet the requirements specified by their guidance committees.