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Graduate Concentrations

Civil Engineering

Geotechnical, Geoenvironmental and Geosynthetics Engineering

Geotechnical Engineering deals with problems of building on, in, or with the most abundant construction material --- soil. Principles are applied to an array of infrastructure projects such as structural foundations, roadway embankments and in land development and water resource facilities. Inherent in the practice is an understanding of the variabilities in soil type, distribution and properties, and the effects of water content and pressure on soil behavior and construction feasibility. Students are expected to enroll in a series of core courses.  Student also take electives from the Geosynthetics, Geology, Water Resources, Structural Mechanics, Construction Materials, and Environmental programs.

Both PhD and full and part-time MS programs are offered. Full time MS students are required to write a thesis on an approved research topic. Facilities include geotech and soils laboratory in the Woodring Labs.  

Hydraulics, Hydrology, and Water Resources

The Hydraulics, Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering Graduate Program offers degrees in the general areas of hydraulic engineering including computational hydraulics and coastal engineering; engineering hydrology including surface and groundwater; and environmental transport processes including sediment and contaminant transport. Graduate programs can be tailored to student’s employment goals through courses available in the Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering Department and by other departments on campus.

Both PhD and full- and part-time MS programs are offered. Full time MS students are required to write a thesis on an approved research topic. Facilities include a computational hydraulics lab, a recirculating sediment transport flume, a wave flume with programmable wave generator, general-purpose hydraulic experimental equipment and a data acquisition system.

Structures / Structural Mechanics

The MS program in Structures aims to provide students with a sound understanding of the behavior of structural systems at the material, component, and system-levels. In addition, the curriculum exposes students to traditional mechanics/dynamic topics, advanced analysis tools, and experimental methods to ensure students receive a well-rounded education. Depending on the specific track chosen, the MS structures curculum will prepare students for careers in structural design, advanced modeling of structural systems, condition assessment/forensics, and structural rehabilitation/retrofit, among others.

Architectural Engineering

Building Energy Systems and Indoor Air Quality

The Architectural Engineering graduate program produce graduates who have a solid understanding of the architectural engineering discipline as well as an understanding of the interrelationships between major sub-disciplines.  Students select to pursue either the Building Energy Systems or Indoor Air Quality concentration.  This program will produce graduates with expertise in one or more of the following fields: Building energy efficiency and alternative energy; Indoor environmental quality; Structural/material/envelope analysis (masters level); and Building information management (masters level).  Both PhD and MS programs are offered.

Environmental Engineering

The Environmental Engineering Graduate Program is a multi-disciplinary program covering many environmental issues and the methodologies engineers can employ to prevent environmental degradation and improve environmental conditions. Students come from a variety of backgrounds including environmental science, environmental epidemiology, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering as well as environmental engineering. The graduate level courses available to Environmental Engineers can be tailored towards the student’s research interests and career objectives.  Students follow one of the following specialization tracks: Environmental Treatment Processes, Human Risks, Water Resources, Environmental Modeling, and Air Quality.  However the choice of courses available to students is not limited to those within the realms of Environmental Engineering, with many students taking classes from Architectural and Civil Engineering, Environmental Science, Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Management and Mathematics.

Both PhD and full- and part-time MS programs are offered. Full-time MS students are required to write a thesis on an approved research topic. Available facilities for graduate students include laboratory and field analytical equipment for air and water monitoring and laboratory space for in-situ analyses which can be adapted to suit the student’s individual needs.