Civil and Environmental Engineering
Architectural / Building Systems Engineering
The Building Systems Engineering graduate program was added to the department in the Fall of 2002. The graduate program covers all topics related to Buildings Systems, such as mechanical, electrical, envelope, building automation, and security.
Both full- and part-time MS and PhD programs are offered. Full time MS students and all PhD students are required to write a thesis on an approved research topic. They are expected to be involved in one of various on-going research activities at the Building Systems Laboratory (BSL).
Graduate students will be awarded MS or PhD degrees in Civil Engineering upon completion of the required courses and research.
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. 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, laboratory space for in-situ analyses which can be adapted to suit the student’s individual needs, and dedicated Environmental Engineering graduate student offices.
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 new computational hydraulics lab, a newly renovated hydraulics laboratory with water supply, 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.