Master's in Civil Engineering

8045
Master of Science
Classroom
No
Graduate
Main Campus - Melbourne
2017-2018 Catalog
Major Code: 8045 Degree Awarded: Master of Science
Delivery Mode(s): Classroom Age Restriction: No
Admission Status: Graduate Location(s): Main Campus - Melbourne
Admission Materials: 2 letters of recommendation, objectives, GRE

The master of science program is structured so that students can attain academic mastery in one of six key areas of study within civil engineering (construction management, environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, transportation engineering, structural engineering, water resources engineering). The program can be taken either on a full-time or part-time basis. Some graduate courses are offered in the evening to allow part-time students to complete the degree requirements.

Admission Requirements

Applicants usually have a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. An applicant whose degree is in another field of engineering, or mathematics or the physical sciences, may be accepted, but will be required to remedy any deficiencies by satisfactorily completing undergraduate courses in preparation for graduate study in civil engineering. Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation from academic references, a statement of purpose addressing reasons for graduate study in civil engineering and the area in which they wish to specialize, and GRE scores.

General admission requirements and the process for applying are presented in the Academic Overview section.

Degree Requirements

There are two options for obtaining the master of science degree: thesis and nonthesis. Students in the thesis program must successfully complete 24 semester credit hours of coursework and six hours of thesis, while those in the nonthesis option must complete 30 semester credit hours of coursework. Students in the thesis option must successfully defend a thesis, while students in the nonthesis option are required to pass a final program examination.

Curriculum

Students in the thesis option must take 12 credit hours of required civil engineering courses, 12 credit hours of elective courses and six credit hours of thesis. Students in the nonthesis option must take 12 credit hours of required civil engineering courses and 18 credit hours of elective courses. All students must complete at least three credit hours of coursework in the areas of mathematics or operations research.

Construction Management
  • CVE 5035 Design Concepts in Urban Hydrology
    or CVE 5061 Pavement Design 
    Credit Hours: 3
    Uses state-of-the-art water-quality and water-quantity computer models to predict the impact of urbanization on receiving waters. Students design a stormwater management system as a project.
  • CVE 5072 Construction Contracts, Law and Specifications
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes liability, real property and water rights; environmental and comprehensive planning laws and requirements; evidence, expert witness, claims, disputes and arbitration; contract specifications and drawings; resolution of differences; change orders and contract modifications; and case studies.
  • CVE 5073 Construction Cost Engineering
    Credit Hours: 3
    Explores the application of cost engineering principles, and estimating within a project management framework in conjunction with scope definition, quality control, planning and scheduling, risk management and loss prevention techniques, local conditions, information and communications, and working relations with stakeholders.
  • ENM 5200 Project Engineering
    Credit Hours: 3
    Principles of project management to design and develop products and services within budget, on time and to specification. Includes work planning, organization design, requirements analysis, project control and PERT/CPM.
Environmental
  • CVE 5035 Design Concepts in Urban Hydrology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Uses state-of-the-art water-quality and water-quantity computer models to predict the impact of urbanization on receiving waters. Students design a stormwater management system as a project.
  • CVE 5050 Design of Remediation Systems
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers the design process to clean up soil and groundwater contaminated with hazardous waste, including the design of contaminated groundwater capture systems, contaminant treatment, treated water disposal and air phase emission compliance.
  • CVE 5052 Solid Waste Management
    Credit Hours: 3
    Regulation, generation, storage, treatment and disposal of solid wastes. Emphasizes the management of solid waste in an environment of changing regulations.
    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval
  • ENS 5101 Introduction to Air Pollution
    Credit Hours: 3
    Origin, fate, effects and distribution of air pollutants. Includes dispersion modeling, legislation, source control and monitoring.
Geotechnical
  • CVE 5020 Geotechnical Engineering
    Credit Hours: 3
    Advanced treatment of theory and principles of engineering soil mechanics as related to permeability, capillary, seepage forces, stress distribution, effective stress, consolidation and shear strength. Includes lab testing of soils for engineering properties.
  • CVE 5025 Foundation Design
    Credit Hours: 3
    Explores the application of soil mechanics to foundation engineering, exploration techniques, foundation selection criteria, design and construction; analysis and design of spread, mat and pile foundations; retaining wall design; drilled piers; caissons; design using geotechnical fabrics; and slope stability.
  • CVE 5061 Pavement Design
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers stresses, strain and deflections in both flexible and rigid pavements; flexible and rigid pavement materials testing techniques; pavement designs for roads and airports; nondestructive pavement evaluation; and pavement management systems. 
  • OCE 5526 Advanced Coastal Engineering Structures
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes seawalls, bulkheads, jetties and breakwaters; sand bypassing systems, protective beach and dune construction-stabilization; prediction of forces, lifetime estimation, maintenance expectations, material selection and construction methods.
    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval
Structures
  • CVE 5014 Advanced Steel Design
    Credit Hours: 3
    Behavior and design of steel structures with an emphasis on the AISC-LRFD specifications. Includes plate girders, continuous beams, complex connections, frames and composite construction.
  • CVE 5016 Advanced Reinforced Concrete
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers advanced topics in the analysis and design of reinforced concrete structures. Includes two-way slabs, torsions, strut-and-tie method, and slender and biaxial columns. Introduces the basic concepts of prestressed concrete. Requires students to complete a design project.
  • CVE 5020 Geotechnical Engineering
    or CVE 5025 Foundation Design 
    Credit Hours: 3
    Advanced treatment of theory and principles of engineering soil mechanics as related to permeability, capillary, seepage forces, stress distribution, effective stress, consolidation and shear strength. Includes lab testing of soils for engineering properties.
  • MAE 5060 Applications in Finite Element Methods
    or MAE 5480 Structural Dynamics 
    Credit Hours: 3
    Emphasizes finite element simulation methods for problems in mechanical design; static solutions; eigenvalue techniques in stability and dynamic analysis; direct and reduced basis formulation of dynamical equations; analyses of structures; use of commercially available software.
Transportation Engineering
  • CVE 5061 Pavement Design
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers stresses, strain and deflections in both flexible and rigid pavements; flexible and rigid pavement materials testing techniques; pavement designs for roads and airports; nondestructive pavement evaluation; and pavement management systems. 
  • CVE 5062 Statistical and Econometric Methods for Transportation Data Analysis
    Credit Hours: 3
    Teaches model estimation and application for transportation data analysis (least squares regression; simultaneous equations; count-data; discrete outcome; multinomial, nested and mixed logit; ordered data; duration (hazard-based); and random parameters models). Uses NLOGIT.
  • CVE 5064 Transportation Planning
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers demand analysis for transportation planning. Includes fundamental modeling techniques (trip generation, trip distribution, mode choice (modal split), traffic assignment), surveys and data requirements. Also includes evaluation of transportation alternatives and policy implications. Uses GIS transportation software.
  • ORP 5001 Deterministic Operations Research Models
    Credit Hours: 3
    An applied treatment of modeling, analysis and solution of deterministic operations research problems. Includes model formulation, linear programming, network flow and transportation problems and algorithms, integer programming and dynamic programming.
Water Resources
  • CVE 5035 Design Concepts in Urban Hydrology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Uses state-of-the-art water-quality and water-quantity computer models to predict the impact of urbanization on receiving waters. Students design a stormwater management system as a project.
  • CVE 5037 Numerical Groundwater Modeling
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the partial differential equations governing the motion of fluids and solute or contaminants in subsurface media; introduction to finite difference methods; description of the Galerkin finite element method. Uses state-of-the-art models, such as MODFLOW and SUTRA to solve real-world problems.
  • CVE 5039 Groundwater Hydrology and Contaminant Transport
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers energy concepts and governing equations in groundwater, estimation of aquifer properties, well and well-field design, saltwater intrusion, artificial recharge and modeling of contaminant transport in groundwater.
  • ENS 5700 Introduction to Water Resources
    Credit Hours: 3
    Stresses both descriptive and quantitative surface water and groundwater hydrology, particularly subjects of importance to environmental scientists such as hydrologic budgets, storm water management and groundwater quantity and quality.
Elective Courses

Graduate elective courses in civil engineering and in other engineering disciplines are listed in the Course Descriptions section of the catalog and should be chosen in concert with the student's advisor.

Total Credits Required: 30