Graduate Courses: Cullen College of Engineering
Courses: Civil Engineering (CIVE)
Note: Nonengineering majors may not register for engineering courses except with the written permission of the dean.
6111: Graduate Seminar
Cr. 1. (1-0).May be repeated for credit.
Cr. 1-5. Prerequisite: approval of chair.
6320: Constitutive Modeling of Materials
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Introduction to elasticity, plasticity, viscoelasticity and fracture mechanics; mathematical modeling of stress-strain relationships and failure theories for structural and geomaterials; use of rheological models.
6321: Experimental Soil Mechanics
Cr. 3. (2-3). Prerequisite: CIVE 3339. Determination, interpretation, significance, and application of engineering properties of soils, including laboratory testing, sample handling, reliability of results, and methods of evaluation; field instrumentation.
6322: Storm Water Management
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: CIVE 3434. Detention pond analysis and design, storm water analysis and management alternatives, governmental criteria, and computer programs.
6323: Advanced Foundation Design
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite CIVE 4369. Site characterization; in-site testing methods; reliability in foundation design; structural design of shallow and deep foundations.
6325: Geotechnical Engineering Investigations
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: Graduate standing and/or consent of instructor. Geophysical methods; subsurface explorations; soil sampling; groundwater conditions and monitoring; vane shear, standard penetration, cone penetration, pressure meter, dilatometer, and plate load testing; in-situ stress measurements; field instrumentation.
6329: Case Studies in Civil Engineering
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: Graduate standing in civil or environmental engineering. Technical presentations addressing lessons learned, designing and managing complex projects and maintenance of civil infrastructures. Topics in general areas of structure, geotechnical, hydraulic, transportation, and environmental engineering and natural disasters.
6330: Fiber Reinforced Polymer Composites for Structures
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. Introduction to mechanics of composites, fiber reinforced polymers for new concrete beams, retrofit of existing concrete slabs, beams, and columns, retrofit of existing steel beams.
6331: Hydraulics of Open Channel Flow
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: CIVE 3434. Flow in natural and artificial channels, flood routing, methods of characteristics, and diffusion analogy.
6332: Ground Improvement, Grouting and Geosynthetics
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: CIVE 3339 and consent of instructor. Basic concept of ground improvement, ground reinforcement and ground treatment. Compaction methods, grouting methods and designing with geosynthetics. Landfill design. State-of-practice construction methods and equipment.
6333: Stress-Deformation Behavior of Soil
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: CIVE 3339 and consent of instructor. Basic concept of ground improvement, ground reinforcement and ground treatment. Compaction methods, grouting methods and designing with geosynthetics. Landfill design. State-of-practice constructions methods and equipment.
6334: Geotechnical Stability
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: CIVE 6345. Shear strength of cohesive and cohesionless soils; stability of natural and man-made slopes; bearing capacity theory.
6335: Advanced Concrete Design
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: CIVE 4363. Design of two-way slabs, long columns, and connections; deflection and cracking of beams and slabs; ACI design criteria
6337: Matrix Analysis of Structures
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: CIVE 3337. Systematic analysis of structures using computers; including stiffness equation formation, flexibility equation formulation, virtual work method, and special analysis methods.
6338: Advanced Steel Design
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: CIVE 4364. Plastic analysis of indeterminate structures; design of beams, columns, and beam-columns using the Load and Resistance Factor Design (LFRD) method.
6341: Bridge Design
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: CIVE 4363 or equivalent and CIVE 4364 or equivalent and consent of instructor. History, aesthetics, and classification of highway bridges. Bridge loads and load combinations. Design of deck slabs, concrete and steel girders.
6343: Retaining Structures and Slope Stability
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: Graduate standing and/or consent of instructor. Earth pressure theories; design of retaining structures such as braced, tied-back, slurry, and reinforced soil structures; stability of excavation, cut, and natural slopes; slope stabilization methods.
6345: Intermediate Soil Mechanics
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: CIVE 3339. Theory of consolidation; physicochemical properties of soils; expansive soils; introductory concepts of shear strength.
6346: Soil-Structure Interaction
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: CIVE 4369 or equivalent. Introduction to advanced techniques in the design of axially and laterally loaded piles; soil criteria for foundation design.
6347: Soil Dynamics
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: Graduate standing and/or consent of instructor. Soil behavior under dynamic loading conditions; foundation design for vibratory loadings; introductory earthquake engineering; field and laboratory techniques for determining dynamic soil properties and liquefaction potential.
6349: Reliability and Safety of Structures
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: CIVE 4364 or consent of instructor. Review of probability theory and treatment of uncertainties in structural engineering. Probabilistic models for loads and resistance variables. Structural analysis incorporating uncertainties. Mathematical background of reliability theory. Probability-based limit state design.
6350 Advanced Mechanics of Materials
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: CIVE 2332 and MATH 3331. Stress and strain at a point; failure criteria; energy principles and their application in structural mechanics; theories of torsion, unsymmetrical bending, shear center, curved beams, and beams on elastic foundation.
6353: Behavior and Design of Prestressed Concrete
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: CIVE 4363 and consent of instructor. Prestressing systems and materials; loss of prestress; analysis and design for flexure, shear, and bond; anchorage zone; continuous beams; columns.
6355: Introduction to Dynamics of Structures
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: graduate standing in civil engineering. Fundamentals of vibration; dynamic response of structures to periodic and general dynamic loading; analytical and computational techniques.
6361: Engineering Hydrology
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: graduate standing in civil or environmental engineering. Distribution and flow of water in the hydrosphere. Engineering methods to quantify and model rainfall, runoff, recharge, and groundwater flow. Conceptual models and application of computer methods for hydrological analysis and design problems.
6363: Evaluation of Water Quality in Natural Waters
Cr. 3. (3-0). Water quality management planning for rivers, lakes, and tidal estuaries; mixing and diffusion phenomena; biologic productivity; mineral, chemical, and oxygen utilization and equilibria; photosynthetic light transfer and sediment transport.
6364: Project Control for Construction
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: Graduate standing in civil engineering. Cost estimating fundamentals; cost control systems in construction; profitability analysis; management of construction equipment fleet; international and location factors; Lang factors and application; single and multi-project scheduling; safety and security issues related to construction; optimum scheduling; developing and budgeting a cohesive construction program.
6365: Claims Management
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: graduate standing in civil engineering. Definition and situation leading to claims; relationships among parties in construction projects; settlement of claims by alternate dispute resolution; court procedures to establish causes and determine damages; arbitration and litigation; mediation and negotiation; liens; international arbitration; case studies.
6366: Construction Project Management
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: graduate standing in civil engineering. Construction site organization-facilities design and control; fundamentals of planning and scheduling information for construction projects; control of activity sequence, time, resources and cost; the impact of quality, cost, schedule and productivity; coordination among stakeholders; international and large scale construction projects; construction interface; case studies in construction engineering.
6368: Human Resources Management in Construction
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: graduate standing in civil engineering. Decision making in construction industry; relationship between controls and behavior; construction productivity; corporate identity and reputation management; communication in construction engineering; client relationship marketing; span of control and liaison; reward policies, motivation and commitment; conflict management; job design, specialization and decentralization in construction engineering; managing international cultural differences.
6370: Environmental Fluid Mechanics
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: CIVE 3434 (or equivalent). Mechanics of fluid motion in natural systems such as rivers, lakes, estuaries, and the transport of scalar quantities in these settings.
6371: River Mechanics and Sediment Transport
Cr. 3. (3-0). Physical processes related to the dynamic feedback between flowing water and movable sediment in riverine and estuarine systems.
6377: Environmental Chemistry
Cr. 3. (2-3). Prerequisites: CHEM 1331, CHEM 1332, CHEM 1111, and CHEM 1112; and graduate standing in civil engineering or graduate standing in environmental engineering. Aqueous environmental chemistry in natural waters and wastewaters: ionic equilibria, solubility, hardness, alkalinity, buffering, and the carbonate system; theory and practice of quantitative water and wastewater analysis.
6378: Principles of Environmental Modeling
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Introduction to momentum mass conservation and chemical transformations in natural and engineered systems. Applications to reactor engineering and environmental systems modeling with emphasis on water and wastewater systems.
6379: Stochastic Hydrology
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: CIVE 4332 and INDE 6361. Advanced hydrology oriented toward probabilistic computer applications of rainfall and runoff, including Stanford Watershed Model, single-multiple site streamflow generation, stochastic reservoir analyses.
6380: Introduction to Geomatics and Geosensing
Cr. 3. (2-3). Introduction to horizontal and vertical curves computation; Fundamentals of geodesy, geodetic reference systems and map projection; introduction to Global Positioning System (GPS); principles of LiDAR technology; digital imaging and mapping.
6381: Biological Processes for Wastewater Treatment
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite or corequisite: CIVE 6391 or CHEE 6360. Theory and practice of biological wastewater treatment including aerobic and anaerobic processes in suspended and attached growth reactors, treatment models, advanced treatment, sludge handling, and treatment plant design.
6382: LiDAR Systems and Applications
Cr.3. (2-2). Prerequesites: Permission of instructor. Principles of LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging). Spaceborne LiDAR, airborne topographic, bathymetric, mobile terrestrial and static LiDAR systems and applications. Full Waveform LiDAR. Boresight calibration. Filtering and classification. Multi-Sensor Fusion.
6383: Advanced Planning and Design of Water Resource Systems
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Conventional and computer solutions to the economical planning and design of single- and multiunit, multipurpose water resources systems.
6384: Satellite Altimetry and Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar
Cr. 3. (2-2). Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Radar measurement principles. Range estimation and corrections. Precise orbit determination. Applications in geodynamics, ocean and ice surface monitoring and hydrology. Formation of SAR images. Procedures of InSAR.
6385: Stability of Structures
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: MATH 3363 and CIVE 4364. Elastic and inelastic buckling of columns, beams, frames, and plates; classical and work-energy methods; background of AISC specifications.
6386: Survey Measurements and Analysis
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Introduction to matrices; non-linear equations and Taylor's theorem; random vs. systematic errors; propagation of errors; weights; principle of least squares, adjustment of a 1D, 2D, and 3D network; error ellipses; optimization.
6387: Physicochemical Treatment Processes
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: CIVE 6377 or equivalent. Theory and practice of physicochemical processes for water and wastewater treatment: reactors, sedimentation, aeration, adsorption, ion-exchange, membrane processes, and disinfection.
6388: Solid and Hazardous Waste Treatment Processes
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: CIVE 6361 or equivalent preferred and CIVE 6387. Physical and chemical principles of solid and hazardous waste treatment processes; mass conservation equations, transport phenomena, phase equilibria, fluid flow in porous media with applications to soil vapor extraction, soil vapor extraction, soil leaching/flushing, stabilization, and bioremediation processes.
6390: Municipal Drinking Water Treatment
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite or corequisite: CIVE 6377. Theory and design of unit processes used in conventional drinking water treatment, coagulation, rapid mix, flocculation, sedimentation, filtration, and disinfection. Source water control is also studied.
6391: Environmental Engineering Microbiology
Cr. 3. (2-3). Prerequisite: graduate standing in environmental engineering. Fundamental aspects of microbiology and biochemistry as related to environmental pollution and water quality processes, engineering energetics and kinetics of microbial growth, and biological fate of pollutants.
6392: Mass Transfer in Environmental Systems
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: Graduate standing and/or consent of instructor. Principles of mass transfer; mass conservation equations, diffusivities, mass transfer coefficients, mass transfer with chemical reaction with applications to multi-phase chemical transport, water and wastewater treatment, and soil remediation.
6399-7399: Master's Thesis
Cr. 3 per semester.
7332: Ground Water Contaminant Transport
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: CIVE 6361 or equivalent and graduate standing in civil engineering, environmental engineering or consent of instructor. Principles of contaminant transport in soils and aquifers. Mathematical modeling of underground contaminant transport. Numerical modeling using existing and student developed computer software.
7335: Coastal Hydrodynamics
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Analysis of motion of surface waves, linearized approximation, waves of finite height, generation of waves, and coastal engineering applications.
7336: Finite Element Methods
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: CIVE 6377 or consent of instructor. Elasticity and energy principles; shape functions; isoparametric elements; nonconforming elements; plate elements; hybrid formulation.
7337: Advanced Environmental Engineering Microbiology
Cr. 3. (2-3). Prerequisites: CIVE 6391. Theory and practice of key biotechnological techniques for environmental research, including PCR-based techniques for the identification of mixed microbial communities, microbial abundance, and gene expression.
7340: Earthquake Engineering
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: CIVE 6355 or consent of instructor. Characteristics of earthquake waves and ground motion; review of structural dynamics; building responses; inelastic spectrum; foundation effect; various support motions; hazard analysis; design procedure and seismic codes.
7342: Engineering Geographic Information Systems
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: graduate standing in civil or environmental engineering or graduate standing in geosciences or consent of instructor. Use of GIS in Engineering applications including hydrology, hydrogeology, water quality and environmental resources.
7352: Unified Theory of Concrete Structures
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: CIVE 4363 or equivalent and/or consent of instructor. Unified theory applicable to the four basic actions in members and structures: bending, axial load, shear and torsion, rational models based on stress equilibrium, strain compatibility and constitutive laws of materials.
7365: Design of Offshore Structures
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: CIVE 7364. Design of fixed, floating and compliant offshore structures; environmental loading; dynamic analysis; finite element applications; design of structural systems and components; fatigue analysis; safety and reliability analysis.
7380: GNSS/INS and Augmented Systems for Positioning and Navigation
Cr. 3. (2-2). Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Modeling INS errors by linear state equations. Multi-sensor integration of NGSS, INS and alternative aiding sensors. Practical aspects of inertial positioning and inertial error models. Navigation system fault detection and integrity monitoring.
7397: Selected Topics
Cr.3. (3-0). May be repeated for credit when topics vary.
8198:8298:8398:8498:8598: Doctoral Research
Cr. 1-5. Prerequisite: approval of chair.
8311: Organized Graduate Research Discussions (also ECE, INDE, MECE)
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: doctoral standing. Group research discussions with the intent of broadening the education and background of the student by exposure to the related research activities in his/her field.
8399:8699:8999: Doctoral Dissertation
Cr. 3, 6, or 9 hours depending on the semester.
Catalog Publish Date: January 14, 2013
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