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The Master of Science in Civil Engineering requires eight 4-credit courses from the graduate engineering courses below for a total of 32 credit hours.

GEN 5001G Introduction to Systems Engineering - 4 credits

Systems Engineering provides an interdisciplinary approach to designing successful systems. It focuses on defining customer needs and required functionality early in the development cycle, documenting requirements, then proceeding with design synthesis and system validation while considering the complete problem including operations, performance, test, manufacturing, cost, and schedule. This subject emphasizes the links of systems engineering to fundamentals of decision theory, statistics, and optimization. It also introduces the most current, commercially successful techniques for systems engineering.

GEN 6001G Finite Elements - 4 credits

In industry, engineers rely on finite element methods to solve the complex differential equations obtained during modeling of stresses, fluid flow, and heat transfer in structures. Students will be introduced to the theory of finite element methods and the implementation of these methods using ANSYS.

GEN 6002G Numerical Methods - 4 credits

This course will cover modern computational methods used for the solution of engineering problems. We will consider the application of each method to engineering design and optimization. Topics include curve fitting, optimization, numerical solution of systems of equations, numerical integration and differentiation. Students will learn to implement these algorithms in Octave (which has a very similar syntax to Matlab).

GEN 6004G Project Management - 4 credits

Studies the principles, theory, and practice of engineering management, including the management of human resources, entrepreneurial skills, decision making, and mathematical and scientific methods. The use of computer software for project scheduling and resource allocation is required.

GEN 6010G Earthquake Engineering - 4 credits

This course is an introduction to earthquake engineering. Topics in this course include: plate tectonics and seismology; rupture mechanism; measures of magnitude and intensity; probabilistic seismic hazard analysis; Strong earthquake ground motion; site effects on ground motion; soil-structure interaction; dynamic analysis of structures; response spectra; modal analysis; nonlinear time-history analysis; earthquake resistant design; and Seismic detailing.

GEN 6012G Pre-stressed Concrete Structures - 4 credits

This course covers the analysis and design of prestressed concrete structures. Topics in this course include: time-dependent properties of concrete and reinforcing material; concept and application of prestressed concrete; service and ultimate limit state analysis and design of prestressed concrete structures and components; detailing of components; calculation of deflection; and prestress losses.

GEN 6014G Advanced Structural Analysis - 4 credits

The course emphasizes the principles behind modern nonlinear structural analysis software. This course covers the theory, computer implementation, and applications of methods of material and geometric nonlinear analysis. Emphasis is on modeling of 2D and 3D frame structures using beam-column elements.

GEN 6020G Principles and Applications of Geographic Information Systems - 4 credits

This course introduces students to the use and potential of Geographic Information Systems in their discipline. Topics include the general concepts of GIS use and introduce the material in the exercises that demonstrate the practical application of GIS.

GEN 6030G Urban Hydrology and Storm Water Management - 4 credits

This course reviews the basic concepts of rainfall and runoff and then applies these to complex urban systems of drainage, stream and river hydraulics and flood prevention. The application of best management practices to control storm water from developed areas is presented within the constraints of current laws and regulations. Current computer software used for project evaluations will be presented and available for use in coursework.

GEN 6032G Sustainable Infrastructure Systems - 4 credits

An evaluation of new or renewed infrastructure systems with respect to sustainability benefits. A comparison of alternatives along with evaluation of long term effects throughout the life cycle of a project will be emphasized. Various ratings systems for the evaluation of green practices required to enhance the economic, environmental and social aspects of infrastructure systems are investigated.

GEN 6800G Graduate Internship - 4 credits

A graduate internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. This is an opportunity for the student to put into practice technical and/or technical management skills and knowledge learned through their MS program. Graduate internship requires that the student first secure a suitable internship which is approved by the faculty advisor. Subsequently, a learning contract which describes duties, goals, and assessment must be developed and agreed to by faculty advisor, student, and site supervisor. The student must maintain a journal of activities, meet periodically with faculty advisor and site supervisor, and complete post-internship paper or presentation as determined by the faculty advisor. Prerequisites: Completion of at least 8-credits of graduate studies and a 3.0 GPA or consent of the faculty.

GEN 6999G Special Research and Project - 4 credits

Investigations of an advanced nature leading to the preparation of a project report.

Faculty approval required.

CEN 5012G Steel Analysis - 4 credits

This is an introductory course in the design and analysis of steel structures based upon specifications published by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC). The objective of this course is to introduce students to the structural design process and to provide a detailed understanding of the design of steel structures. The course will emphasize the general theory and behavior of structural steel, as well as design practice.

CEN 5016G Concrete Analysis and Design - 4 credits

This is an introductory course in the design and analysis of reinforced concrete structures. An introduction to the ACI-318 building code is given in the context of the course to familiarize students with the main design document in the country. The objective of this course is to introduce students to the structural design process and to provide a detailed understanding of the design of reinforced concrete structures. The course will emphasize the general theory and behavior of reinforced concrete, as well as design practice.

CEN 5020G Foundation Design - 4 credits

An introduction to the geotechnical design aspects of foundations. Site investigation techniques and characterization of subsurface conditions. Analysis of lateral earth pressures. Geotechnical design of shallow and deep foundations with emphasis on capacity and movement under vertical and lateral loading.

CEN 5022G Earth Slopes and Retaining Structures - 4 credits

An examination of the geotechnical design aspects of earth retaining structures. Lateral earth pressure 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.

CEN 5030G 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.

CEN 5032G 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.

CEN 5042G 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 aspect of transportation planning and geometric design.

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.

PLEASE NOTE - Not all classes are offered every year. Please work with the program director to plan a sequence of courses that best fits your desired graduation timetable. 

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