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Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

Course Descriptions
MATH 210
MATH 220
ECVL 330
ECVL 340 ECVL 444 ECVL 499
ECVL 350 ECVL 451 ENGG 140
ECVL 360 ECVL 455 ENGG 200
ECVL 368 ECVL 458  
ECVL 370 ECVL 460
ECVL 380-389 ECVL 462  
BIOL 201 | PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY (3-0-3)
Corequisite: ENGL 101 | F, S, SI
This course introduces students to principles of biology including basic concepts in biochemistry and bioenergetics, cell biology, genetics, speciation, ecology and conservation biology. It introduces students to the modern techniques and applications in biological sciences especially those relevant to biotechnology, biomedical applications and the sustainable development of natural resources in the environment.
CHEM 201 | GENERAL CHEMISTRY (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: MATH 099 | F, S, SI
Fundamental laws and theories of chemical reactions. Topics include atomic structure, bonding theory, stoichiometry, properties of solids, liquids, and gases; chemical thermodynamics, electrochemistry, and kinetics; introduction to organic chemistry.
ECVL 268 | MECHANICS OF MATERIALS W/LAB (3-3-4)
Prerequisite: ENGG 270 | F, S
Analysis of stresses and strains in two and three dimensions. Stress transformation and Mohr’s circle. Torsion of circular sections, bending of beams, shear flow, and buckling of axially loaded members.
ECVL 305 | GEOMATICS W/LAB (3-2-3)
Prerequisites: ENGG 200, ENGG 210, ENGG 222 | F, S
Spatial data collection methods including surveying, leveling, and traversing. Adjustment, error correction, and total station measurements. Geometric design of roadways and highways, and cut and fill sections. Lab and field work.
 
ECVL 310 | ENGINEERED MATERIALS W/LAB (3-3-4)
Prerequisites: CHEM 201, ECVL 268, ENGG 200 | F, S
Physico-chemical properties of construction materials. Atomic structure and phase diagrams. Corrosion and chemical degradation. Material hardness, durability, fracture, ductility, and strengthening mechanisms. Engineering shop experience.
ECVL 330 | FLUID MECHANICS W/LAB (3-2-3)
Prerequisites: ENGG 275, MATH 240 | F, S
Mechanics of fluids with emphasis on control volume analysis of flowing fluids using kinematics, continuity, energy, and momentum principles. Introduction to open channel flow and applications to real fluids.
 
ECVL 340 | ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING W/LAB (3-2-3)
Prerequisites: BIOL 201, CHEM 201, ENGG 200 | S, SI
Environmental engineering issues associated with water, air, and land pollution. Risk assessment, groundwater contamination, environmental chemistry, global climate change, and sustainable technologies.
ECVL 350 | TRANSPORTATION ENGINEERING W/LAB (3-2-3)
Prerequisites: ECVL 305 | S, SI
Introduction to geometric design of roadway alignments and cross sections. Parking studies and parking design. Design of flexible and rigid pavement. Introduction to traffic operations, roadway safety, and transportation planning.
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ECVL 360 | STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS I (3-0-3)
Prerequisites: ECVL 268, MATH 230 | F, S
Determination of internal forces and deflections in statically determinate trusses, beams and frames. Introduction to analysis of statically indeterminate structures. Compatibility equations, three-moment equation, and moment distribution.
 
ECVL 368 | REINFORCED CONCRETE DESIGN I (3-0-3)
Prerequisites: ECVL 310, ECVL 360, ENGG 255 | F, S
Methodologies and codes for design of reinforced concrete elements. Design of members for flexure, shear, and bond development. Detailing of continuous beams, one-way slabs, short columns, and footings. Design project.
ECVL 370 | GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING I W/LAB (3-3-4)
Prerequisites: ECVL 310, ECVL 330 | F, S
Introduction to engineering classification, mechanical behavior, and compaction of soils. Effective stresses and seepage. Spatial stress distribution and consolidation. Introduction to shear strength, foundation design, and site exploration.
 
ECVL 380-389 | LABORATORY TOPICS IN CIVIL ENGINEERING(0-3-1)
Prerequisites: Approval of the Dean | Upon demand
Laboratory topics of interest to students and faculty which are not available in the existing Civil Engineering curriculum can be offered through this course. Prior approval of the course material and syllabus by the Dean is required.
ECVL 399 | FIELD EXPERIENCE IN CIVIL ENGINEERING (1-8-2)
Prerequisites: ECVL 350, ECVL 360, ECVL 370, PSPK 101 | SI
Practical field experience, involving work on real civil engineering projects. Technical work under the supervision of a civil engineer, with emphasis on design and construction. Development and implementation of teamwork and project management skills. Professional and ethical issues in the engineering workplace.
ECVL 420 | CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: ECVL 399 | F
Fundamental concepts in planning, design, and construction of civil engineering projects. Introduction to project scheduling, cost estimating, controls, procurement, construction productivity, value engineering, and quality assurance.
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ECVL 422 | INFRASTRUCTURE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: ECVL 420 | S
Design of integrated systems for management of civil infrastructure. Life-cycle cost analysis, service life prediction, deterioration modeling, optimization & resource allocation, and data modeling. Role of critical infrastructure in society. Design project.
ECVL 430 | HYDROLOGY (3-0-3)
Prerequisites: ECVL 330, ENGG 200 | F (even years)
Introduction to surface and groundwater hydrology. Global circulation and the hydrologic cycle. Precipitation, infiltration, evaporation, and runoff analysis. Stream networks, river flow, and reservoir routing.
ECVL 433 | HYDRAULIC ENGINEERING (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: ECVL 330 | S
Applications of fluid mechanics to engineered and natural hydraulic systems. Open channel flow, fluid drag, pipe networks, design of hydraulic structures, and environmental hydraulics. Computational methods in hydraulics. Design project.
ECVL 440 | SUSTAINABLE ENGINEERING DESIGN (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: ECVL 340 | F (odd years)
Implications of sustainability for engineering design and practice. LEED, life cycle analysis, and environmental impact assessment. Models, software tools, and applications in water management, construction material selection, and energy use.
 
ECVL 444 | WATER AND WASTEWATER ENGINEERING (3-0-3)
Prerequisites: ECVL 330, ECVL 340 | F
Unit operations in water, wastewater, and groundwater treatment. Design of water and wastewater treatment operations and processes using bench-scale experiments and software. Preliminary cost estimates. Design project.
 
ECVL 451 | PAVEMENT ENGINEERING (3-0-3)
Prerequisites: ECVL 370, ECVL 350 | S (even years)
Analysis and design of flexible and rigid pavements for highways and airfields. Advanced technologies and materials for pavements. Performance evaluation and rehabilitation of distressed pavement.
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ECVL 455 | TRAFFIC ENGINEERING (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: ECVL 350 | F
Human, vehicular and roadway characteristics. Speed and traffic volume studies. Traffic flow fundamentals, shockwaves and queuing theories. Traffic control principles. Traffic operations and capacity, and level of service. Design Project.
 
ECVL 458 | TRANSPORTATION PLANNING (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: ECVL 350 | S (even years)
Transportation planning procedures and processes. Traffic forecast using the traditional fourstep models of trip generation, trip distribution, modal split, and route assignment. Traffic impact studies of new urban developments.
 
ECVL 460 | STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS II (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: ECVL 360 | S (even years)
Analysis of structures using matrix methods. Flexibility and stiffness techniques. Influence lines, moving loads, and approximate methods of analysis. Introduction to the finite element method.
ECVL 462 | STRUCTURAL DYNAMICS (3-0-3)
Prerequisites: ECVL 360, ENGG 275 | S (odd years)
Response of single and multiple DOF systems to dynamic excitation under free and forced vibration. Frequency response analysis and response spectra of linear systems. Introduction to earthquake engineering.
ECVL 464 | BRIDGE ENGINEERING (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: ECVL 368 | S (even years)
Design, inspection, and repair methodologies for bridges in emerging and mature infrastructures. Structural systems for short-, moderate- and long-span crossings. Design procedures for steel, concrete, and composite elements. Design project.
ECVL 466 | STRUCTURAL STEEL DESIGN (3-0-3)
Prerequisites: ECVL 310, ECVL 360 | F
Behavior of structural steel in tension and compression. Design methods for tension and compression members and beams. Design and analysis of welded and bolted connections. Design project.
 
ECVL 468 | REINFORCED CONCRETE DESIGN II (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: ECVL 368 | S (odd years)
Short columns under biaxial bending, slender columns, and torsion in beams. Direct design and equivalent frame method for two-way slabs, and flat slabs. Design of prestressed concrete for flexure and shear, and loss of prestress.
 
ECVL 470 | GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING II (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: ECVL 370 | F, S
Design and analysis of geotechnical structures, including shallow and deep foundations, and earth retaining structures. Analysis and remediation of slope instability. Ground improvement techniques. Design Project.
 
ECVL 475 | FOUNDATION DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: ECVL 470 | S (odd years)
Design of shallow and deep foundations using settlement-based criteria and LRFD. Design and construction of shoring, cofferdams and dewatering methods for site excavations. Site investigation, assessment of in-situ soil properties, and evaluation of recommendations for foundation engineering reports.
 
ECVL 480-489 | SPECIAL TOPICS IN CIVIL ENGINEERING (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: Approval of the Dean | Upon demand
Topics of interest to students and faculty which are not available in the existing Civil Engineering curriculum can be offered through this course. Prior approval of the course material and syllabus by the Dean is required.
 
ECVL 499 | CIVIL ENGINEERING DESIGN PROJECT (3-3-4)
Prerequisite: ECVL 399, Corequisites: ECVL 420, ECVL 470 | F, S
Interdisciplinary course covering a broad range of civil engineering topics. Integrated team design project involving structural and geotechnical design, transportation planning, environmental assessment, construction management, cost estimates, plans and specifications.
ENGG 140 | INTRODUCTION TO PROGRAMMING (3-2-3)
Prerequisites: MATH 099, (Placement by Computer Proficiency Examination or COMP 101) | F, S, SI
Language-independent problem solving and computational thinking. Fundamentals of programming in common microcomputing languages. Program structure, procedural statements, input/output and file handling, and basic algorithms including sorting and searching.
 
 
ENGG 200 | ENGINEERING STATISTICS  (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: MATH 220 | S, SI
Introduction to statistics and probability in engineering. Discrete and continuous distributions, sampling, and inference of mean and variance. Hypothesis testing, design of experiments and statistical quality control of engineering components and systems.
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ENGG 210 | ENGINEERING GRAPHICS AND VISUALIZATION (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: ENGG 140 | F, S, SI
Principles of engineering drawing, geometric modeling, multi-view projections, and computer-aided graphics. Three dimensional representation, geometric perspectives, and solid modeling. Applications in engineering design, including drafting standards, dimensioning, specifications, and tolerances.
 
ENGG 222 | NUMERICAL METHODS IN ENGINEERING W/LAB (3-2-3)
Prerequisites: ENGG 140, MATH 230, MATH 231 | S, SI
Formulation and software implementation of numerical solutions to engineering problems. Numerical differentiation and integration, curve fitting, and interpolation. Solutions and engineering applications of nonlinear equations, systems of equations, and initial and boundary-value problems.
ENGG 255 | ENGINEERING DESIGN AND ECONOMICS (3-0-3)
Prerequisites: BIOL 201, PHYS 202 | F, SI
Principles of engineering design, including specifications, product synthesis, iterative analysis, prototyping, testing, and evaluation. Time value of money, equivalence, rate of return, and benefit-cost analysis. Engineering project management elements, approaches and processes including scheduling, WBS, estimating, and budgeting.
ENGG 270 | STATICS W/LAB (3-2-3)
Prerequisites: ENGG 210, MATH 220, PHYS 201 | F, S
Vector mechanics, forces, moments, and equivalent system of forces. Static equilibrium of particles and rigid bodies in two and three dimensions. Center of gravity, distributed forces, and internal forces. Analysis of simple systems including trusses, pulleys,
and bars. Friction and moment of inertia.
ENGG 275 | DYNAMICS (3-0-3)
Prerequisites: ENGG 270, MATH 231 | S, SI
Review of particle dynamics, including energy and momentum. Kinematics of rigid bodies in two- and three-dimensional motion. Kinetics of rigid bodies, impulse and momentum in translational and rotational motion. Introduction to viscous and frictional damping. Free and forced vibration of SDOF systems.
 
MATH 210 | CALCULUS I (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: placement by ACCUPLACERTM or MATH 191 with a grade of C or higher | F, S, SI
Differential and integral calculus applied to functions of a single variable. Derivatives, applications of derivatives, indefinite and definite integrals and applications of integrals. Polynomial, rational, radical, trigonometric, inverse trigonometric, exponential, logarithmic and hyperbolic functions.
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MATH 220 | CALCULUS II (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: MATH 210 with a grade of C or higher | F, S, SI
Techniques of integration, including integration by parts, partial fractions and trigonometric substitution. Simpson’s Rule and improper integrals. Sequences and series, including power, Taylor and Fourier series. Linear approximations and Taylor’s theorem. Polar functions and parametric equations. Vectors in 3 dimensions.
 
MATH 230 | LINEAR ALGEBRA AND COMPLEX VARIABLES (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: MATH 220 with a grade of C or higher | F, S
Linear systems, matrices, vector spaces and linear independence. Linear transformations, determinants, eigenvalues, and applications. Complex numbers in Cartesian and polar planes. Complex functions including trigonometric and hyperbolic functions. Cauchy’s integral theorem.
MATH 231 | DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: MATH 220 with a grade of C or higher | F, S
Methods for obtaining numerical and analytical solutions of linear differential equations. Systems of linear and nonlinear differential equations. Laplace Transform with applications. Introduction to Fourier Transform.
MATH 240 | MULTIVARIABLE CALCULUS (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: MATH 230 | F, S
Functions of several variables. Surfaces. Vector functions and parametrizations. Gradient function and optimization. Double and triple integrals. Cylindrical and spherical coordinates. Line integrals and surface integrals. Theorems of Green, Gauss and Stokes.
PHYS 201 | INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS I W/LAB (3-3-4)
Corequisite: MATH 210 | F, S, SI
Motion in two and three dimensions, Newton’s laws, concepts of energy and potential, rotation, Gravitational fields, statics, fluid dynamics and thermodynamics.
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PHYS 202 | INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS II W/LAB (3-3-4)
Prerequisites: PHYS 201,  MATH 210 | F, S, SI
Mechanical waves, electrostatics and electrodynamics, DC and AC circuits, Maxwell’s equations, properties of light including interference and diffraction.
 

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