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Educational Objectives

  • Students will demonstrate an ability to apply advanced science and engineering concepts to the solution of complex engineering problems
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively orally and in written form
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to research, analyze, and/or design complex engineering systems to meet a desired need

Graduates from the program will have the technical background to contribute to improvements in the reliability, maintenance, and management of infrastructure systems. Graduates will be able to undertake integrated programs of research, education, and technology transfer to produce new knowledge that will enhance the performance of transportation, environmental, and urban infrastructures.

Requirements for Admission

Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree in Civil Engineering or a closely related discipline. The admissions committee evaluates the preparation of non-Civil Engineering applicants and recommends leveling courses as appropriate. These courses are not part of the PhD degree plan. Applicants who do not have degrees from English-medium universities are required to submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A score of 213/550 is required for admission and 250/600 for appointment to a teaching assistantship.

Recommendations for admission are made on the basis of the following:

  • Grade point average in upper-division or graduate work as appropriate
  • Scores on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE
  • Research and professional commitment and interest as demonstrated by a personal statement, and other materials as available
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Research needs of the faculty

Students admitted at the bachelor’s level can elect to complete a master’s degree in Civil Engineering, but will be required to complete all of the requirements of the degree as indicated in this catalog.

Students admitted with a master’s degree or master’s coursework can request to the admissions committee that up to 24 semester credit hours (taken at the graduate level with a grade of B or better) be applied toward the PhD degree plan. Credit hours earned in research, thesis, and independent study courses cannot be applied.

Requirements for Degree

Each student must complete at least 72 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree or at least 48 hours beyond the master’s degree. Each student is expected to have a core of knowledge in the key areas in the field. The program is designed so that degree plans will be developed individually beyond that core to reflect a student’s background and research interests.

Required Courses:
Students in the program are required to complete four (4) core courses (12 hours):
CE 6301Infrastructure Management3
CE 6303Engineering Analysis (3-0)3
CE 6306Infrastructure Engineering3
CE 6332Mod Methods/Engr Computation3
Prescribed Electives
Students are required to complete prescribed electives in three categories
General electives *
Four (4) courses (12 hours) chosen from the following:12
Finite Element Method (3-0)
Risk/Reliability Anal-Engr Sys
Construction Management
Special Topics Civil Engr
Geophysical Inverse Theory
Seismology
Reflection Seismic Data Interp
Geop App-Digital Signal Proces
Applied Mathematics
Numer Solution Part Diff Equat
Solid Mechanics II
Analytical Dynamics
Management elective **
One (1) course (3 hours) chosen from the following:3
MIS Theory and Practice
Strategic Information Systems
Electronic Commerce in Busn.
Business Economics
Environmental Law and Policy
Financial Management
Seminar-Public Policy Analysis
Technical electives
Five (5) courses (15 hours) chosen from the Civil Engineering graduate course inventory. Students develop their specific degree plans with the advice and approval of the advisor and program director, and they can take other Engineering, Science, or Business courses as appropriate.15
Total Hours42
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 Other appropriate courses can be selected with the approval of the advisor and program director.

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Other courses can be elected to fulfill this requirement as recommended by the advisor and program director.

Additional Information

Students in the program are expected to participate in the Civil Engineering doctoral seminar (CE 6195), a one-credit-hour course that meets every semester. Three (3) semester credit hours of the seminar are required for the degree.

Examinations

During the first year, new students will take an assessment test (set by three members of the doctoral program committee appointed by the director) to assess the student’s technical background and her or his ability to integrate and apply that background to the solution of engineering problems. Based on the results of the test, the committee might recommend specific coursework for students to undertake. This coursework might or might not be applied to the degree plan, depending on the area and level of the courses proposed.

Students in the PhD program must be admitted to candidacy prior to the start of work on their doctoral dissertation. To be admitted to candidacy, a student will be required to take a comprehensive examination administered by his or her Doctoral Advisory Committee. The Program Director, in consultation with the student, will appoint a Preliminary Dissertation Committee of five members of the Doctoral Program Committee. The student will not be allowed to register in dissertation courses until this requirement is satisfied. The comprehensive exam will examine both the candidate’s breadth of knowledge and her or his understanding of basic principles related to the field of research and knowledge and understanding of the topic that the candidate intends to develop into a dissertation.

Doctoral Research

Students must complete 21 hours of independent research (CE 6396) under the direction of a faculty mentor. The work will involve research on topics in Civil and Infrastructure Engineering related to the dissertation or conducted as a component of the student’s overall graduate program.

Dissertation

Students must complete a dissertation in some area of Infrastructure Engineering Systems that is an original work of scholarship of a quality that provides the basis for one or more technical publications. It should demonstrate both the ability to conduct original independent research and competence in scholarly exposition (6 semester credit hours, CE 6398 and CE 6399).

Final Oral Examination

Upon completion of the dissertation, as approved by the dissertation committee, the student must defend, in public, his or her dissertation research. The dissertation committee will be responsible for administering the final oral defense, which will be open to the public.

Degree Plan

Required Credits: 72

PhD in Civil Engineering Program (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses:
CE 6301Infrastructure Management3
CE 6303Engineering Analysis (3-0)3
CE 6306Infrastructure Engineering3
CE 6332Mod Methods/Engr Computation3
Doctoral Seminar:
CE 6195Civil Engineering Seminar (Complete three semesters)3
Doctoral Research:
CE 6396Doctoral Research21
General Electives:
Select four courses of the following:12
Finite Element Method (3-0)
Risk/Reliability Anal-Engr Sys
Construction Management
Special Topics Civil Engr
Geophysical Inverse Theory
Seismology
Reflection Seismic Data Interp
Geop App-Digital Signal Proces
Applied Mathematics
Numer Solution Part Diff Equat
Solid Mechanics II
Analytical Dynamics
Management Elective:
Select one of the following:3
MIS Theory and Practice
Strategic Information Systems
Electronic Commerce in Busn.
Business Economics
Environmental Law and Policy
Financial Management
Seminar-Public Policy Analysis
Technical Electives:
Select fifteen hours of the following:15
Grndwtr Hydro & Polltn
Engineering Analysis
Adv Design of Struct Systms
Advanced Structural Analysis
Finite Element Method (3-0)
Risk/Reliability Anal-Engr Sys
Structural Buckling/Stability
Environmental Processes
Water Reclamation & Reuse
Stats Methods for Civil Eng
Bridge Engineering
Civil & Environmental Syst Eng
Advanced Geotechnical Eng.
Wastes Management (3-0)
Prestressed Concrete
Construction Management
Design for Dynamic Loads
Air Pollution Control
Air Pollution Modeling
Methods Engineering Computatio
Plates and Shells
Surface Water Hydrology
Hydraulic Computer Application
Biol Unit Operations/Processes
Adv Phy-Chem Water Treat
Design-Filtrat'n/Membrane Proc
Mech Pavement Design/Analysis
Foundation Design II
Geotech. Site Investigation
Advanced Civil Eng. Materials
Sustainable Engr Design
Structural Loads Models
Traffic Engineering
Foundation Design I
Highway Geometric Design
Traffic Flow/Simulat Modeling
Urban Transportation Planning
Adv Travel & Infra Demand Anal
Infrastrct Ntwk Flow Anal/Opti
Infrastrct Syst Design & Eval
Construction Dispute Resolutn
Temporary Construction Methods
Constr Cost Analysis & Bidding
Engl-Span for Const Managers I
Engl-Span for Const Mangrs II
Construction Internship
Construction Law and Ethics
Construction Scheduling
Construction Safety
Construction Methods
Special Topics Civil Engr
Individual Studies
Earth Construction
Residential Construction
Graduate Research
Construction Claims
Graduate Projects
Graduate Projects
Environmental Eng Chemistry
Graduate Research
Graduate Research
Civil Engineering Seminar
Doctoral Research
Water Resources Mgmt
Adv Traffic Engineering
Infrastructure Planning
Intermodal Transportation Sys
Doctoral Research
Dissertation:
CE 6398
CE 6399
Dissertation
and Dissertation
6
Total Hours72