Current Graduate Courses Offered
The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is proud to offer the following courses in which students are challenged to complete a rigorous set of graduate level courses. Please note that progress reports are required for each semester that a graduate student seeks to earn research credits through independent studies or thesis research, such as CEVE 590, CEVE 599, CEVE 699, CEVE 800 and CEVE 801. Semester offered and instructor are subject to change. Please contact the Department at (713) 348-4949 or email@example.com or individual faculty in research areas of interest for verification.
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CEVE 500 - Advanced Mechanics of Materials (Spring) – Stanciulescu
Advanced topics in solid mechanics and strength of materials including energy methods, principle of virtual work, pressure vessels, beam vibrations, sound waves in solids, buckling, aspects of elasticity theory and fracture mechanics with application to the design of reliable structures.
CEVE 501 - Chemistry For Environmental Engineering and Science - Tomson
This course is a survey of Chemistry, as applied to Civil and Environmental Engineering and Sciences. Topics include: introductory concepts of general chemistry; applied physical chemistry; equilibrium chemistry (an emphasis of the course); and organic and biochemical concepts as used in the profession; and a brief introduction to colloid and nuclear chemistry. East student will be required to write and present an advanced paper on a topic of mutual interest.
Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: CEVE 401.
CEVE 502 – Sustainable Design (Fall) – Alvarez & Blackburn
The objective of this course is to develop skills in formulating and solving problems arising from emerging technologies for the energy and water industries, such as green construction or renewable energy technologies, in the context of sustainable design. Students will be challenged to examine the economic, social, and environmental dimensions of emerging challenges and opportunities, by identifying the relevant objectives, constraints, and decision variables as viewed by various stakeholders. Grad students will have extra research assignments involving some aspect of a design solution.
Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: CEVE 302
CEVE 503 - Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis (Fall) – Stanciulescu
Formulation and solution of nonlinear initial/boundary/boundary value problems using the finite element method. Variational principles for nonlinear problems, finite element discretization, and equation-solving strategies for discrete nonlinear equation systems. Applications include: materially nonlinear systems, geometrically nonlinear systems, transient nonlinear problems, and treatment of non smooth constraints in a nonlinear framework.
Cross-list: MECH 520
CEVE 504 – Atmospheric Particulate Matter (Spring- Alt. year) – Griffin
Description and examination of the processes determining the chemical and physical characteristics of atmospheric aerosol particles. Important focal points include aerosol measurements and control techniques and aerosol climate effects. Most attention will be paid to processes active in the troposphere, but important differences between the troposphere and stratosphere are addressed. Extra work required for graduate students.
Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: CEVE 404.
CEVE 505 - Engineering Project Management (Fall) – Segner
Systems approach to project management, project life cycle and management methodologies, success factors, project planning, contracting, project communications, network scheduling techniques, pricing and cost control, risk management, organizational structures, professional ethics, and cases. 505 requires an additional paper.
Cross-list: ENGI 505
Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: CEVE 479
CEVE 510 – Principles of Environmental Engineering (Fall) – Alvarez
This course covers principles of water quality engineering, air pollution control and solid and hazardous waste management. Elements of risk assessment, global atmospheric change, and pollution prevention are also addressed to contribute to adequate-level competency in Environmental Engineering. Graduate students will write a term paper and prepare a lecture.
Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: CEVE 310.
CEVE 511 - Atmospheric Processes (Fall) – Cohan
Study of the chemical and physical processes that govern the formation, transformation, and transport of gases and particles in the atmosphere. Overview of urban and regional air pollution, including tropospheric ozone formation and particulate matter; stratospheric chemistry; and global climate change. Extra work required for graduate students.
Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: CEVE 411
Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate
CEVE 512 - Hydrologic / Hydraulic Modeling and Design (Spring) – Bedient
Use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and design of GIS-developed hydrologic models commonly applied in the water resources field. The course will have three main areas of emphasis including: principles and operations of the ArcView/ArcGIS programs, design and implementation of standard hydrologic and hydraulic models, and the linkage of these models to engineering analysis of current water resources problems including flooding, water quality and water supply.
Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: CEVE 412
CEVE 513 - Theory of Elasticity (Fall) – Landis
Advanced topics in the linear and non-linear theory of elasticity. Cross-list: MECH 513
CEVE 518 – Contaminant Hydrogeology (Fall) – DeBlanc
Groundwater hydrology, well mechanics, and hydraulics. Contaminant issues in aquifer systems, numerical models, of large aquifers. Topics in water resources engineering and aquifer management.
CEVE 519 - Elasticity, plasticity and damage mechanics (Fall/Alt. yr.) - Stanciulescu
An overview of phenomena that determine the response of solids to deformation and loading: elasticity, plasticity, damage mechanics and cracking. Review of continuum mechanics with emphasis on the physical mechanisms of deformation and fracture. Classification of the behavior of solids. Modeling of different types of material behavior. The physics underlying the phenomena and methods for the numerical analysis of the resulting equations are discussed.
Cross-list: MECH 519
CEVE 520 - Environmental Remediation Restoration (Alt. years) - De Blanc
Remediation principals and application of full-scale remediation
for restoration of contaminated soil, groundwater, and surface water.
Topics include mass balances and distribution of chemicals in
environmental media; development of remediation goals through risk
assessment; treatment technology selection criteria and costs;
groundwater, soil and surface water restoration technologies; and
Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: CEVE 520
Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: CEVE 420
CEVE 524 - Time-dependent System Reliability Methods and Applications (Fall/alt yr.)- Deuñas-Osorio
Students will learn modern computational simulation and theoretical techniques to assess the reliability of engineering systems as a function of their component probabilities of failure. The course will explore topics on time-dependent system reliability and will provide insights into load modeling, load combinations, and the role of normative design standards. Structural infrastructure components and their host systems will be emphasized and used as case studies. These include power system substations, wind turbines, bridges, and buildings. This graduate level course includes advanced exercises in homework and exams as well as a research-oriented final project relative to its undergraduate equivalent: CEVE 424.
College: School of Engineering
Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Pre-requisities: STAT 312 OR STAT 310 OR Equivalent
CEVE 527 - Computational Methods in Structural Mechanics (Semester) – Nagarajaiah
Introduction to differential and integral formulations, varational principles, weighted residuals, and the principle of virtual work. Simple boundary, initial, and eigenvalue problems. Finite element, boundary element, and finite difference methods for structural mechanics. Study of non-linearities. Computational methods for geometric and material nonlinear analysis. Applications to static and dynamic problems. Programming and use of computer software. Students in CEVE 527 (Graduate version) will be required to do more advanced assignments and a project.
Cross-list: MECH 527
CEVE 528 – Engineering Economics (Semester) – Segner
Introduction to the evaluation of alternative investment opportunities with emphasis on engineering projects and capital infrastructure. Time value of money concepts are developed in the context of detailed project evaluation and presentations. In addition, concepts and applications of risk analysis and investment under uncertainty are developed. Requires oral and written presentations by students. Grad students will have an additional case study to perform beyond CEVE 322 requirements.
Cross-list: ENGI 528
Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: CEVE 322
CEVE 529 – Ethics and Engineering Leadership (Semester) – Segner
Seminar introduces students to a framework for discussing and making ethical engineering and professional decisions. Using case studies and exercises, students will look at their own profession and its Engineering Code of Ethics as well as at the issues and risks they may face as managers and executives. Graduate students will do an extra paper.
Cross-list: ENGI 529
Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: CEVE 320
CEVE 530 - Concrete Building Design (Fall- Alt. Years) – Haque
Design of reinforced concrete building structures and floor slab systems. Case histories will be discussed.
CEVE 531 - Behavior of Reinforced Concrete Members (Semester) – TBA
Study of moment-curvature relationship for beams and columns biaxally loaded columns, slenderness effects, interaction diagrams, shear and torsion in members, shear wall-frame interaction, and behavior under large load reversals. Includes extensive use of microcomputers.
CEVE 533 - Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (Spring) – Colvin
An introduction to the basic principles of nanoscience and nanotechnology. Size dependent physical properties of nanoscopic solids will be described using solid state physics and molecular orbital theory as a foundation. Wet chemical techniques that produce nanoscale materials (e.g. carbon nanotubes, semiconductor and metallic nanocrystals, dendrimers...) will be introduced in the second half of the semester.
Cross-list: CHEM 533
CEVE 534 - Fate and Transport of Contaminants in the Environment (Fall) – Li
Physical and chemical principles governing the fate and transport of contaminants in the aqueous environment, and the applications of such principles in environmental engineering. Emphasis is put on mass transport and transportation processes in natural and engineering systems. Previous course work in fluid mechanics and calculus through differential equations is strongly suggested. Extra work required for Graduate students.
Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: CEVE 434.
CEVE 535 - Physical Chemical Processes for Water Quality Control (Spring) – Li
Principles, modeling and design aspects of physical chemical treatment processes in drinking water, wastewater and groundwater remediation applications. Modern treatment technologies such as membrane separation, advanced oxidation, and photocatalysis will be covered.
CEVE 536 - Environmental Biotechnology and Bioremediation (Spring) – Alvarez
Theory and application of biochemical processes in environmental engineering.
Recommended prerequisite(s): CEVE 203, CEVE 401, and CEVE 402.
CEVE 538 - Computational Nanoscience for Green Infrastructure (Spring) – Shahsavari
Computational methods such as first principles, kinetic Monte Carlo
(KMC), classical MC (in Canonical, Grand Canonical, and
isobaric-isothermal ensembles), and classic MD in predicting materials
formation and properties. Case studies include cementitious materials,
metals, and thermoelectric materials. Other case studies are possible
depending on the student's background and instructor's approval.
CEVE 540 - Steel Building Design (Spring- Alt. years) – Wilkerson
Exploration of practical design from conceptual stage to final analysis. Includes design parameters and serviceability limitations.
Pre-requisites: CEVE 405
CEVE 550 - Environmental Organic Chemistry (Spring) – Tomson
A course covering parameter estimation methods, thermodynamics, and kinetic needed to predict the fate, transports, and reactivity of organic compounds in air, water, and soils. Topics: volatization, solubility, sorption, partitioning, diffusion, aquatic reactivity, photochemistry, and transport modeling.
CEVE 554 - Computational Fluid Mechanics (Fall) – Tezduyar
Cross-list: BIOE 554, MECH 554
Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: CEVE 454
CEVE 560 - Bridge Engineering and Extreme Events (Fall- Alt. years) – Padgett
This course integrates information from various engineering and scientific disciplines to provide a rational basis for bridge design under regular and extreme loading. It provides an introduction to bridge engineering, including bridge systems, construction material, loading, and design. Design, analysis, and retrofit for seismic and coastal threats will be introduced. Recommended Prerequisite(s): CEVE 304 and CEVE 311
CEVE 570 - Foundation Engineering (Spring) – Cibor
Subsurface exploration methods and techniques; lateral earth pressures and design of retaining walls; bearing capacity and shallow foundation design; settlement considerations; design of deep foundations; temporary excavations and dewatering. Pre-requisite: CEVE 470
CEVE 576 - Structural Dynamic Systems and Control (Spring) – Nagarajaiah
Introduction to structural dynamic systems and control. Linear systems and control theory, transform methods, state space methods, feedback control, observers and identification. Applications using MATLAB. Demonstrations and laboratory examples. Students in CEVE 576 (Graduate version) will be required to do more advanced assignments and a project.
Cross-list: MECH 576
Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: CEVE 476
Instructor permission required for undergraduates
CEVE 578 – Earthquake Engineering (Fall- Alt. years) – Padgett
Characteristics of ground motion, analysis methods for linear and nonlinear base excited structures, and principles of seismic design including case studies and performance based engineering concepts. Probabilistic methods in earthquake engineering including seismic hazard analysis, fragility modeling, and risk assessment and mitigation.
Recommended Prerequisite(s): CEVE 576 or equivalent course in Structural Dynamics.
CEVE 580 - Molecular Biology Methods (Semester) – TBA
This course is designed for students not familiarized with molecular biology to develop an in depth understanding of the basic principles and methodologies of modern molecular biology applied to the field of Environmental Engineering. This intense lecture/laboratory course will introduce the student with qualitative and quantitative analyses using modern molecular techniques and methodologies that are becoming essential for assessment of environmental samples.
CEVE 590 - MCEE Special Study (Fall & Spring) – TBA
CREDITS: Variable (2-3)
Professional master Project course involves the following (1) a project of practical relevance to the practice of Civil & Environmental Engineering, and (2) detailed project report. Requires permission by a faculty member.
CEVE 592 - Modeling and Analysis of Complex Urban Infrastructure Systems (Fall - Alt. years) - Dueñas-Osorio
To introduce structural and system reliability topics, as well as concepts of graph theory and optimization for characterizing complex networked systems; to study probabilistic tools for predicting system failure modes given natural hazards or attacks; and to quantify the effects of network interdependencies and mitigation actions. Complex systems to apply to the structure and dynamics of civil, mechanical, electrical and bioengineering systems and networks. The graduate level course includes advanced exercises in homework and exams as well as research-oriented final project.
Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: CEVE 492
CEVE 596 - Offshore and Marine Systems Engineering (Spring) – Nagarahaiah
Introduction to dynamics of offshore and marine systems, structures, drillstrings, marine risers, fluid forces, hydrodynamic forces, wind and earthquake forces. MATLAB programming and use of computer software. Students in CEVE 596 (Graduate version) will be required to do more advanced assignments and a project.
CEVE 599 - Special Topics – (Semester) – TBA
Study of selected topics including individual investigations, special lectures, and seminars. Offered upon mutual agreement of faculty and student. Please note each faculty member has their own section. Be certain you select the appropriate section for the faculty you are studying under.
Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: CEVE 499
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CEVE 601 - Seminar (Fall) – Stanciulescu
Continuing seminar on Civil and Environmental research.
CEVE 602 - Seminar (Spring) – Stanciulescu
See CEVE 601.
CEVE 611 - Advanced Topics in Air Pollution (Fall & Spring) – Cohan
Advanced topics in atmospheric chemistry, air pollutant formation and transport, and photochemical and meteorological modeling.
Pre-requisites: CEVE 511
Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Graduate
CEVE 630 - Membrane Processes & Special Topics in Colloid and Nanochemistry (Spring) – Li
Fundamentals of membrane processes, theory and methods for characterizing aquasols, particle transport in porous media and simple flows, particle aggregation, aggregate and deposit morphology, and other special topics.
Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Graduate
CEVE 635 - Advanced Topics: Water Chemistry (Fall & Spring) – Tomson
Formal lecture and assigned reading in topics such as redox kinetics and thermodynamics, absorption and desorption, and the associated mathematics. Offered Fall and Spring. An advanced topics course.
CEVE 636 - Advanced Topics in Bioremediation (Fall) – Alvarez
Basic principles of Microbial Physiology, Metabolisms, Stoichiometry. Thermodynamics and Kinetics applied to the selection, design and performance evaluation of engineered and intrinsic bioremediation systems.
CEVE 640 - Advanced Topics in Environmental Engineering Sciences (Fall) - TBA
Special topics in Graduate Study.
CEVE 641 - Advanced Topics in Environmental Engineering (Spring) – Tomson
Advanced topics in Graduate Study
CEVE 651 - M.S. Research and Thesis (Fall) CREDITS: Variable
CEVE 652 - M.S. Research and Thesis (Spring) CREDITS: Variable
CEVE 654 - Advanced Computational Mechanics (Spring) – Tezduyar
Advanced topics in mechanics with emphasis on finite element methods and fluid mechanics. Stabilized formulations. Fluid particle and fluid-structure interactions and free-surface and two-fluid flows. Interface-tracking and interface-capturing techniques, space-time formulations, and mesh update methods. Enhanced discretization and solution techniques. Iterative solution method, matrix free computations, and advanced preconditioning techniques.
Cross-list: BIOE 654, MECH 654
Pre-requisites: CEVE 554 or BIOE 554 or MECH 554 or BIOE 454 or CEVE 454 or MECH 454 or permission of instructor.
CEVE 678 - Advanced Stochastic Mechanics (Fall) – Spanos
Nonlinear random vibrations, Statistical Linearization, ARMA filters modeling, Monte Carlo Simultion, Wiener-Volterra series, time variant structural reliability, and Stochasstic Finite Elements are presented from a perspective of usefulness to aerospace, civil, marine, and mechanical applications. Also offered as MECH 678 - 3 Credits
CEVE 679 - Applied Monte Carlo Analysis (Fall) – Spanos
Probability density and power spectrum based simulation concepts and procedures are discussed. Scalar and vectorial simulation are addressed. Spectral Decomposition and digital filter algorithms are presented. Applications from aerospace, earthquake, marine, and wind engineering, and from other applied science disciplines are included.
Cross-list: MECH 679
CEVE 684 – Environmental Risk Assessment and Human Health (Fall) – Raun
Learn and apply quantitative risk assessment methodology to estimate human health risk from environmental exposure to contamination in air, soil and water. Students will conduct a series of team projects focused on toxicology, risk based screening levels, exposure concentration estimation and risk characterization.
CEVE 699 - Special Problems (Fall & Spring) – TBA
Study of selected topics including individual investigations under the direction of a member of the civil engineering faculty. Offered upon mutual agreement of faculty and student.
CEVE 800 - PH.D. Research and Thesis (Fall) CREDITS: Variable
CEVE 801 - Research and Thesis (Spring) CREDITS: Variable
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