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Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering Course Descriptions

GEN 1001 Introduction to Engineering (Writing Intensive Class) - 4 credits
This course provides freshman engineering students with the communication skills needed in college and throughout their careers, and introduces them to the profession of engineering. Computer skills, report generation, public speaking, leadership and teamwork skills, and computer-aided drawing are covered. Design is emphasized throughout.

CEN 2001 Site Engineering  - 4 credits
 This course provides students the necessary background to select and develop sites for civil engineering structures as well as review the work of others.  Proper site selection and engineering have a significant impact on the economics of a project and long-term utility of the constructed facility.  Specifically, the course covers the skills of determining site layout and access, establishing site contour and drainage, installation of utilities, elementary surveying, creation of drawings using a computer aided drafting package, and performing alternatives assessments.

GEN 2010 Mechanics I - 4 credits
 Study of force systems in two and three dimensions. Equilibrium analysis of rigid bodies and simple structures, shear and moment diagrams, centroids, moments of inertia, friction. Co-requisite: PHY 2211.

GEN 2012 Mechanics II - 4 credits
 The concept of stress and strain at a point. Stress-temperature relationships. Force and deformation analyses of bodies under axial, shearing, flexural, torsional and combined loadings. Euler columns. Prerequisite: CEN 2010, MTH 1218.

CEN 3010 Structural Engineering - 4 credits
Classical analysis of determinate structures.  Use of computer as analystical tool.  Design project in balsa wood, aluminum or steel.  Prerequisite:  CEN 2012.  Co-requisite:  MTH 2220.

 CEN 3020 Geotechnical Engineering - 4 credits
 An introduction to the fundamental principles of geotechnical engineering.  Soil classification, compaction, seepage, consolidation, and shear strength.  Intensive laboratory exercises familiarize the student with standard laboratory test methods for soil property determination and to reinforce data collection, data analysis, and report writing skills.  Prerequisite:  CEN 3040.

CEN 3030 Transportation Engineering - 4 credits
 An introduction to the engineering of transportation systems in the context of one mode:  highways.  The major aspects of highway engineering are covered in a framework of the highway planning and design process in the US and include:  history and description of the US system of highways, its administration and finance, the planning process, alternatives evaluation, traffic engineering, traffic operations and safety, geometric design, and structural pavement design.  Laboratories involve a community design project in which field studies are conducted and used in developing alternative design strategies, provided in a final design submission.  Prerequisite:  CEN 2001.  Co-requisite:  MTH 1505.

CEN 3040 Fluid Mechanics - 4 credits
 Fluid statics, principles of one-dimensional incompressible flow, derivation and application of continuity, energy, momentum equations. Viscous flow, flow in pipe lines and open channels. Fluid measurements and dimensional analysis. Co-requisite: CEN 2012 & MTH 2220.

CEN 3050 Environmental Engineering - 4 credits
 Introduction to the processes and systems utilized in the principal area of environmental engineering – water, wastewater, air and solid waste management. Emphasis is placed on the engineering principles and practices involved in the collection, treatment and disposal of wastewater, the collection, treatment and distribution of water, the types, sources and disposal of solid waste, and the types, sources, treatment and distribution of air pollutants. A brief introduction to water resources is also included. Prerequisite: CHM 1180, CEN 2012 & CEN 3040. 

CEN 3090 Professionalism and Ethics - 1 credit
 Students are exposed to the ethical and professional environment in which they will be practicing after graduation.  This seminar, through a series of invited speakers, involves discussions about professionalism, engineering ethics and the practice of engineering.   Prerequisite:  junior standing.

CEN 5012 Steel Analysis and Design - 4 credits
 This is an introductory course in the design and analysis of steel structures based upon specifications promulgated by the American Institute of Steel Construction.  Emphasized in the design behavior and the application of analytical techniques to the solution of indeterminate structures.  Structural analysis topics include a continuation of energy principles, moment distribution, the use of computer programs and plastic analysis.  Prerequisite:  CEN 3010, MTH 2220.

CEN 5016 Concrete Analysis and Design - 4 credits
 This is an introductory course in the design and analysis of concrete structures based on the specifications promulgated by the American Concrete Institute.  Prerequisite:  CEN 3010, MTH 2220.

CEN 5020 Foundation Engineering - 4 credits
 An introduction to the geotechnical design aspects of foundations.  Site investigation techniques and characterization of subsurface conditions.  Analysis and design of shallow and deep foundations subjected to vertical and lateral loading, with an emphasis on bearing capacity and settlement.  Evaluation and selection of foundation types and alternatives.  Case studies and design problems.   Prerequisite:  CEN 3020, MTH 2220.

CEN 5022 Earth Slopes and Retaining Structures - 4 credits
 An examination of the geotechnical design aspects of earth slopes and retaining structures.  Lateral earth pressure theories and slope stability analyses related to excavations and retaining structures.  Analysis and design of retaining walls, sheet-pile walls, and braced and unbraced excavations.  Case studies and design problems. Prerequisite:  CEN 3020, MTH 2220.

CEN 5030 Environmental Design - 4 credits
 This course is structured to emphasize the design method.  Design projects are taken from the areas of water and wastewater treatment, solid waste disposal, air pollution control, hydraulics and applied hydrology.  Assignments are intended to bring together much of the material covered in previous courses.  Oral and written reports, design specifications and preliminary drawings are required for all assignments.  Prerequisites:  CEN 3050, MTH 2220.

CEN 5032 Applied Hydrology - 4 credits
 This course begins with an introduction to hydrologic principles followed by applications to rainfall-runoff analysis, floodplain hydraulics and groundwater hydrology.  A strong emphasis is placed on computational methods and computer programs are used for problem solving. Prerequisites:  CEN 3050, MTH 2220.

CEN 5040 Geometric Design of Highways - 4 credits
Development and applications of geometric design tools for rural and urban highways.  Topics include:  design controls and criteria; elements of design, including sight distance, horizontal and vertical alignment; cross-section elements; highway types; intersection design elements; types of interchanges and interchange design elements; grade separations and clearance; development of visual elements. Prerequisite:  CEN3030.

CEN 5042 Traffic Engineering - 4 credits
Engineering principles for safe and efficient movement of goods and people on streets and highways, including characteristics of users, vehicles, and traffic facilities; data collection; traffic control; operational analysis; design; management; safety;  parking and related aspects of transportation planning and geometric design.  Prerequisite:  CEN 3030.

CEN 5044 Transportation Planning & Systems Analysis - 4 credits
 Review and critique of techniques used to plan transportation facilities and services in urban areas; application of selected techniques to forecast demand and evaluate transportation alternatives.  Prerequisite:  CEN 3030.

CEN 5050 Construction Planning and Management - 4 credits
 Construction management process and methods; estimating construction cost and bidding, construction activity planning and scheduling, project planning; project cost and cost control; construction organization costs control; computerized project scheduling.  Prerequisite:  Senior standing or permission by instructor.

CEN 4060 Geology - 4 credits
 An introduction to physical and historical geology including mineral and rock identification, earthquakes, plate tectonics and natural earth resources.  Emphasis is placed on map interpretation of land forms, sedimentation, earthquake mechanisms, engineering geology and applied geology.  Occasional laboratory sessions and field trips will be arranged.  Satisfies the math and science distribution requirement.

CEN 4810 Special Topics - 4 credits
Lectures, reading, study and research on topics of importance in civil engineering. This course is tailored to the interest of faculty and students and offered only on demand. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor. Hours to be arranged.

CEN 4820 Directed Study - 4 credits
 Qualified students may propose a course of individual study and work to be conducted under the direction of a member of the department. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor. Hours to be arranged.

CEN 4900 Senior Seminar - 1 credit
 The first step in becoming a registered Professional Engineer is to take and pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam.  This course provides a review of the exam for graduating seniors.  Open to civil engineering seniors only.  

CEN 4901 Design Project - 4 credits
 A capstone design course which draws together into a single project material learned during the first three and one-half years of study.  The design team approach will be utilized in the course.  A project suggested by the college or community group will be designed so that a team-client relationship exists.  Prerequisite:  CEN 3090 and instruction permission.