2014-2015 Catalog

Civil Engineering

www.engineering.und.edu/ce

Faculty: Gedafa, Gullicks (Chair), Jerath (Graduate Director), Lim, Mamaghani, Moretti and Suleiman

Degrees Granted: Master of Science (M.S.) and Master of Engineering (M.Engr.)

The Department of Civil Engineering offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Engineering degree and the Master of Science degree. The Master of Engineering degree permits specialization in the following options: soils-structures engineering, environmental engineering, water resources engineering, and general civil engineering. The Master of Engineering degree program is designed to provide an opportunity for engineers to achieve formal education beyond the Baccalaureate level with a strong and directed emphasis toward the practice of engineering. The focus of the program is on the development of competency in the area of engineering design. The goal of the program is development of the student as a practitioner capable of systematically solving complex problems of society within his or her field.

The Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering prepares students for careers in research, practice and further studies toward a Ph.D. degree in a speciality area of civil engineering. The M.S. degree is typically completed in 18-24 months of full-time study for students holding a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from an accredited school. The M.S. degree requires independent research for a thesis in the student’s area of interest. The faculty research interests are in the broad areas of environmental, geotechnical, pavements, structural engineering and mechanics, and water resources engineering. Graduate students are encouraged to explore various topics for their M.S. theses depending on the mutual interest between them and the faculty.

The Department offers combined Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering/Master of Engineering, and Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering/Master of Science degree programs. The intention of the combined program is to allow qualified students to complete requirements for both a baccalaureate degree and a master’s degree in 12 to 18 months beyond the time required to complete the baccalaureate degree. See Combined Degree Program under the School of Engineering and Mines section for additional details.

The Department of Civil engineering also participates in an interdisciplinary Ph.D. Engineering Program. See Ph.D. Program under the School of Engineering and Mines section or contact the Civil engineering Department.

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found on the Degrees section.

Master of Science (M.S.)

Mission Statement and Program Goals

The mission of the Master of Science program in Civil Engineering is to prepare students for careers in private and public practice of civil engineering and for advanced study in the field of civil engineering. The major emphasis of the program is to foster a deeper understanding of the engineering research process. Students in the program usually specialize in environmental engineering, structural engineering, water resources engineering, or pavement materials engineering.

Goal 1: Students will build on knowledge gained in their undergraduate program of study to achieve a fuller understanding of civil engineering and the engineering research process.

Goal 2: Students will perform a detailed research project in a specific focus area related to civil engineering.

Goal 3: Graduates will be prepared for a career in private or public practice in civil engineering and related fields and for further advanced study in the field of civil engineering.

Master of Engineering (M.Engr.)

Mission Statement and Program Goals

The mission of the Master of Engineering program in Civil Engineering is to prepare students for careers in private and public practice of civil engineering and related fields. The major emphasis of the program is to foster a deeper understanding of the engineering design process. The program has four main options. These are soils-structures engineering, environmental engineering, water resources engineering, and general civil engineering.

Goal 1: Students will build on knowledge gained in their undergraduate program of study to achieve a fuller understanding of civil engineering and the engineering design process.

Goal 2: Students will perform a detailed design project in a specific focus area related to civil engineering.

Goal 3: Graduates will be prepared for a career in private or public practice in civil engineering and related fields.

Combined Degree

To encourage undergraduate engineering students to extend their studies to include a graduate degree, the School of Engineering and Mines has a combined program that permits students to earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in an engineering discipline. This program allows students to designate two three-credit graduate courses to count for both degrees. The selected courses must have graduate course standing and be designated when a student requests admission to the program.

Students may be admitted to the Civil Engineering Combined Degree program after the completion of 95 credit hours toward the bachelor’s degree with a GPA of at least 3.3 and before completion of the bachelor’s degree. The student is admitted to the School of Graduate Studies' on completion of 125 credit hours for the bachelor’s degree.


 

Master of Science (M.S.)

Admission Requirements

The applicant must meet the School of Graduate Studies' current minimum general admission requirements as published in the graduate catalog.

  1. Minimum general admission requirements in the Admission section of the graduate catalog.
  2. A baccalaureate degree in engineering or science from a recognized college or university.
  3. Graduate Record Examination scores on the General Test will be required for those holding undergraduate degrees from other than ABET-accredited programs.
  4. A cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.75 for all undergraduate work or a GPA of at least 3.0 for the junior and senior years of undergraduate work (based on A = 4.00).
  5. Satisfy the School of Graduate Studies' English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog.

Degree Requirements

Students seeking the Master of Science degree at the University of North Dakota must satisfy all general requirements set forth by the School of Graduate Studies' as well as particular requirements set forth by the Civil Engineering Department.

Degree requirements will be those listed by the School of Graduate Studies for the M.S. degree, both for the thesis option and the non-thesis option. There are no specific departmental degree requirements beyond those listed in the graduate catalog for the M.S. degree.

Thesis Option:

  1. A minimum of 30 semester credits in a major field, including the credits granted for the thesis and the research leading to the thesis.
  2. At least one-half of the credits must be at or above the 500-level.
  3. A maximum of one-fourth (usually 8-9 semester credits) of the credit hours required for the degree may be transferred from another institution.
  4. The program may include just the major, the major and a minor, or the major and a cognate area. The major must include 20 credits from the major department, and a minor or cognate area must include at least nine credits.
  5. Preparation of a written thesis approved by the faculty advisory committee (ME 998 Thesis, 4-9 credits).
  6. Comprehensive final examination.

Non-Thesis Option:

  1. Thirty-two (32) credits including credits required for the major.
  2. A minimum of two credits of Independent Study.
  3. At least one-half of the credits must be at or above the 500-level.
  4. A maximum of one-fourth (usually 8-9 semester credits) of the credit hours required for the degree may be transferred from another institution.
  5. Preparation of a written independent study report approved by the faculty advisor (ME 997 Independent Study, 2 credits).
  6. Comprehensive final examination.

Course offerings vary by semester based on student demand and instructor loads.

 

Master of Engineering (M.Engr.)

Admission Requirements

The applicant must meet the School of Graduate Studies' current minimum general admission requirements as published in the graduate catalog.

  1. Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from an ABET accredited or equivalent program.
  2. Graduate Record Examination General Test for applicants from non-ABET accredited programs.
  3. A cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.5 for all undergraduate work or a GPA of at least 3.0 for the junior and senior years of undergraduate work (based on A = 4.00).
  4. Satisfy the School of Graduate Studies' English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog.

Degree Requirements

Students seeking the Master of Engineering degree at the University of North Dakota must satisfy all general requirements set forth by the School of Graduate Studies as well as particular requirements set forth by the Civil Engineering Department.

  1. A minimum of 30 semester credits in a major option, including the credits granted for the design project and the research leading to the design project.
  2. At least one-half of the credits must be at or above the 500-level.
  3. A maximum of one-fourth of the credit hours required for the degree may be transferred from another institution.
  4. Preparation of a written design project approved by the faculty advisor.
  5. Comprehensive final examination.
  6. Required Courses:
    Soils-Structures Option
    CE 501Mechanics of Materials II3
    CE 502Structural Stability3
    ME 529Advanced Finite Element Methods3
    CE 595Design Project6
    Electives15
    Environmental Option
    CE 531Environmental Engineering III3
    CE 532Environmental Engineering IV3
    CE 533Industrial Wastes3
    or CE 535 Hazardous Waste Management
    CE 595Design Project6
    Electives15
    Water Resources Option
    CE 523Applied Hydraulics3
    CE 524Open Channel Hydraulics3
    CE 525Surface Hydrology3
    or GEOE 417 Hydrogeology
    CE 595Design Project6
    Electives15
    General Civil Engineering Option
    CE 501Mechanics of Materials II3
    CE 523Applied Hydraulics3
    CE 531Environmental Engineering III3
    CE 595Design Project6
    Electives15

Courses

CE 501.* Mechanics of Materials II. 3 Credits.

Analysis of stress and strain, theories of failure, inelastic material behavior, energy methods, torsion of noncircular and thin-walled sections, unsymmetrical bending, shear center, curved beams. Prerequisite: ENGR 203.

CE 502.* Structural Stability. 3 Credits.

Stability of columns, beam-columns and frames, inelastic buckling, critical loads by the energy method, torsional buckling. Prerequisite: ENGR 203.

CE 503.* Structural Dynamics. 3 Credits.

Single-degree and multi-degree of freedom structures, continuous systems, earthquake response of linear elastic buildings, structural dynamics in building codes, base isolation. Prerequisites: ENGR 202 and ENGR 203.

CE 523.** Applied Hydraulics. 3 Credits.

Study of advanced topics in hydraulics. Computer applications. Content will vary. Repeatable to 9 credits when topics vary. Prerequisite: CE 423.

CE 524.** Open Channel Hydraulics. 3 Credits.

Study of advanced topics in open channel hydraulics. Computer applications. Prerequisite: CE 423.

CE 525. Surface Hydrology. 3 Credits.

Extreme rainfalls and flood frequency analysis, regionalization; runoff generations, routings, and basin modeling; urban storm water design; GIS and remote sensing applications in hydrology; recent techniques and development in surface hydrology. Prerequisite: CE 421.

CE 531.** Environmental Engineering III. 3 Credits.

Unit Operation and process design for water and wastewater treatment; physical, chemical, and biological systems; plant design project, computer-assigned design analysis. Content emphasis will vary. Prerequisite: CE 431.

CE 532.** Environmental Engineering IV. 3 Credits.

Advanced theory and special methods in municipal and industrial water and wastewater treatment including treatment plant control, equipment studies, nutrient removal, tertiary treatment and toxic pollutants control. Content emphasis will vary. Prerequisite: CE 431.

CE 533.** Industrial Wastes. 3 Credits.

Industrial processes and waste characterization, regulatory law, specialized treatment systems, hazardous wastes, economic analysis; plant tours of potato, sugar, meat, dairy, paper and pulp products and metal plating industries. Prerequisite: CE 431.

CE 535.** Hazardous Waste Management. 3 Credits.

Regulations, generation, storage, transportation, disposal, classification, fate and transport of contaminants, environmental audits, pollution prevention and management facilities, remediation alternatives, physical-chemical treatment, bioremediation, stabilization/solidification, thermal processes. Prerequisites: CE 306 and CHEM 121.

CE 551.* Plate and Slab Structures. 3 Credits.

Classical plate bending theory, rectangular and circular plates, slab analysis by energy and numerical methods, anisotropic plates, large deflection theory, buckling of thin plates. Prerequisites: ENGR 203 and CE 351.

CE 552.* Thin Shell Structures. 3 Credits.

Differential geometry of shell theory, membrane and bending theories of shells, shells of revolution, stress analysis of domes, pressure vessels, and storage tanks, numerical methods, buckling of shells. Prerequisites: ENGR 203 and CE 351.

CE 555.* Prestressed Concrete-Analysis and Design. 3 Credits.

Materials and methods of prestressing, loss of prestress, flexural design by serviceload and ultimate-strength methods, anchorage zone stresses, shear and torsion design. Prerequisite: CE 453.

CE 556. Numerical and Matrix Methods of Structural Analysis. 3 Credits.

Methods of successive approximations and numerical procedures for solution of complex structural problems, matrix formulation of structural problems, flexibility and stiffness methods of analysis. Prerequisite: CE 351.

CE 590. Special Topics. 1-6 Credits.

Investigation of special topics dictated by student and faculty interests. May be repeated up to a total of 6 credits. Prerequisite: Department approval.

CE 591. Civil Engineering Research. 1-12 Credits.

May be repeated to a maximum of 12 credits.

CE 595. Design Project. 3-6 Credits.

A three to six credit course of engineering design experience involving individual effort and formal written report. Repeatable to 6 credits. Prerequisites: Restricted to the Master of Engineering student candidate and subject to approval by the student's advisor.

CE 996. Continuing Enrollment. 1-12 Credits.

CE 997. Independent Study. 2 Credits.

CE 998. Thesis. 1-9 Credits.

Development and documentation of scholarly activity demonstrating proficiency in Civil Engineering at the master's level. Repeatable to 9 credits.

* Structural students must take 4 core courses from this group.

** Water Resources/Environmental students must take 4 courses from this group.


Undergraduate Courses for Graduate Credit

CE 412. Soil Mechanics. 3 Credits.

Course topics include principles of soil mechanics including weight-volume relationships, classification, compaction, effective stress, permeability and seepage, consolidation, shear strength, site exploration, introduction to lateral earth pressure, and slope stability. Prerequisite: ENGR 203. F.

CE 414. Foundation Engineering. 3 Credits.

Soil improvements and ground modifications, soil exploration and sampling, bearing capacity, spread footings, mat foundations, settlement analysis, drilled shaft and pile foundations, foundations on difficult soil. Prerequisite: CE 412. S.

CE 434. Environmental Engineering Laboratory. 4 Credits.

Physical, chemical and biological methods used in environmental engineering, water chemistry, instrumental methods, lab tours. On demand.

CE 444. Contracts and Specifications. 3 Credits.

Engineering contracts and specification essentials, legal aspects of engineering practice and employment; professional practice issues; procurement of work; governmental regulation. S.

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