Grad Courses

All 4000-level courses may be applied toward master's degree requirements, subject to limits established by the department and approval of the graduate adviser.

Classified graduate standing is required for admission to all 5000 level courses.

CE 5500 Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar
Prerequisites: Department approval required.
Presentation and discussion of selected topics relating to civil engineering practice and research presented by invited speakers.

CE 5540 Advanced Topics in Civil Engineering (3)
Prerequisites: Department approval required.
Advanced topics in Civil Engineering. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 units as subject matter changes. 

CE 5550 Reinforced Concrete Design with FRP Reinforcement (3)
Prerequisites: CE 4620 (Reinforced Concrete Design I).
Design of Concrete Structures with Fiber-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Reinforcement. Lectures will address the design of new, and rehabilitation and strengthening of existing reinforced concrete structures. The design, and design review will be conducted during the laboratory section of the course. (Lecture 3 hours, Laboratory 3 hours).

CE 5560 Construction Legal Aspects and Risk Management (3)
Prerequisites: Department approval required.
An overview of how the legal system affects the design and construction process, focusing on contract types, contractual relationships in different delivery systems, and risk assessment, management, and mitigation processes.

CE 5600 Structural Mechanics III (3)
Prerequisite: CE 4600 (Structural Mechanics II).
Column analogy, moment distribution applied to nonprismatic members, elastic energy method applied to arches and curved members, influence lines for indeterminate structures and secondary stresses. 

CE 5610 Advanced Steel Design (3)
Prerequisites: CE 4600 (Structural Mechanics II), CE 4610 (Design of Steel Structures).
Emphasis on LRFD method, Unsymmetrical bending and torsion of beams, composite beams, nonprismatic beams, plate girders, beam-columns, frames and connections. 

CE 5620 Reinforced Concrete Design II (3)
Prerequisite: CE 4620 (Reinforced Concrete Design I).
Creep and plastic flow of concrete.  Theory and practice of ultimate strength design.  Prestressed concrete structures. 

CE 5640 Finite Element Methods in Structural Analysis (3)
Prerequisite: CE 4600 (Structural Mechanics II) or 4020 (Strength of Materials II).
Finite element method for structures: truss, frame, 2D plane, and shell elements; isoparametric formulation; static and dynamic analysis.

CE 5650 Dynamics of Structures (3)
Prerequisite: CE 4600 (Structural Mechanics II).
Free vibrations, forced vibrations and transient response of structures and structural components having one and many degrees of freedom; damping and inelastic action, earthquakes and nuclear blasts; dynamic resistance of structures; limit design; design for dynamic loads. 

CE 5660 Geotechnical Engineering II (3)
Prerequisite: CE 4670 (Foundations I).
Advanced in-situ and laboratory test methods, shear strength of cohesionless and cohesive soils, slope stability and remediation methods.

CE 5670 Geotechnical Engineering Design II (3)
Prerequisite: CE 4670 (Foundations I).
Subsurface exploration methods, advanced topics in shallow and deep foundations, dynamic analysis of piles, group capacity and lateral pile loading, NDT of pile foundations, earth retaining structures and tiebacks.

CE 5690 Earth Structures (3)
Prerequisite: CE 4670 (Foundations I).
Factors influencing design, explorations for foundations and construction processes, compactions, stability analysis, seepage control, earth dams. 

CE 5700 Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering (3)
Prerequisite: CE 4670 (Foundations I).
Basic seismology, seismic ground motions, deterministic and probabilistic seismic hazard analysis, dynamic soil properties, site response analysis, liquefaction and lateral spread, seismic slope stability, seismic design of earth retaining structures.

CE 5710 Highway Design (3)
Prerequisite: CE 4710 (Highway Engineering).
Practical application of American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) policy on design controls; capacity analysis for uninterrupted flow, weaving section and ramps; functional design procedures in development of an interchange. 

CE 5720 Plates and Shells (3)
Prerequisites: CE 4020 (Strength of Materials II), CE 4600 (Structural Mechanics II).
Equations of bending of thin elastic plates, energy method; approximate and numerical methods; theory of shells with application to tanks, roofs, and pressure vessels.

CE 5740 Traffic Flow Analysis (3)
Prerequisite: CE 3700 (Transportation Engineering).
Measurements and analysis of traffic flow characteristics: speed, density, flow, headway; statistical data analysis, time-space diagrams, traffic flow models, queuing theory, shock wave analysis, traffic models applications. 

CE 5750 Urban Transportation Planning (3)
Prerequisite: CE 3700 (Transportation Engineering).
Travel forecasting, data requirements, collection methods, trip generation and distribution models; modal split analysis, trip assignment, plan alternatives, and evaluation methodology.

CE 5770 Bridge Engineering (3)
Prerequisites: CE 4610 (Design of Steel Structures), CE 4620 (Reinforced Concrete Design I).
Design of steel, concrete, and timber bridges, piers, and abutments; American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) specifications; criteria for earthquake resistant design of bridges; geometry, safety, economics, and aesthetics.

CE 5790 Environmental Mass Transfer (3)
Prerequisite: CE 3840 (Environmental Engineering II) or equivalent.
Study the fate of contaminants in the environment. Emphasis on the fundamentals of mass transfer including: sorption/desorption, contaminant retardation, vaporization and dissolution of Nonaqueous Phase Liquids (NAPL), and other phenomena.

CE 5800 Advanced Environmental Modeling (3)
Prerequisite: CE 4800 (Environmental Modeling).
Numerical methods are used in this course to solve complex environmental transport equations. The emphasis is on finite difference and finite element methods. Topics include derivation of mass-balance-based transport equations, algorithm development for models that range from simple steady-state homogeneous isotropic condition to complex transient heterogeneous anisotropic condition, and implementation into a computer program.

CE 5810 Modeling Techniques in Hydraulic Engineering (3)
Prerequisite: CE/ME 3030 (Fluid Mechanics I).
Dimensional analysis: similarity law and hydraulic, coastal, and estuarine models; mathematical models. 

CE 5820 Statistical Hydrology (3)
Prerequisites: CE 4830 (Hydrology I), CE/ME 2120 (Matrix Algebra and Statistics for Engineers).
Statistical and probability analysis of hydrologic processes.  Frequency analysis of extreme hydrologic events.  Application of correlation and regression method to hydrologic variables.  Elementary time series analysis of hydrologic data. Uncertainty and risk analysis.

CE 5830 Hydrology II (3)
Prerequisite: CE 4830 (Hydrology I).
Space-time characteristics and mechanics of rainfall, surface run-off and infiltration.  Theory of drainage basin dynamics.  Low stream flow. 

CE 5840 Advanced Environmental Engineering Design (3)
Prerequisite: CE 4840 (Environmental Engineering Design).
Design of environmental quality and pollution control for water and/or wastewater treatment plants, landfills and incinerators, groundwater remediation, air pollution control systems, and other relevant environmental systems. Lectures will address the design process, optimization, and policy and legal issues. The design and design review will be conducted during the laboratory section.

CE 5850 Environmental Transport (3)
Prerequisites: CE 3840 (Environmental Engineering II) 
Transport in water and air emphasizing exchanges across boundaries such as sediment-water and air-water; particles, droplets, and bubbles; effect of reactions on transport; linkages between physical, chemical, and biological processes.

CE 5860 Open Channel Hydraulics (3)
Prerequisites: MATH 2150 (Differential Equations), (CE 3870 [Hydraulics] or CE 3860 [Design of Water Resources Systems]).
Flow types, flow profile computations; design of channels and transition structures; unsteady flow.

CE 5870 Hydraulics II (3)
Prerequisite: CE 3870 (Hydraulics).
Unsteady flow in pipes, wave motion, sediment transportation, and coastal engineering. 

CE 5880 Hydraulic Structures (3)
Prerequisite: CE 3870 (Hydraulics).
Hydraulic structures for impounding, conveying, and controlling water; dam engineering; energy dissipation design on spillways and outlets; river engineering; numerical modeling  of sediment transport and open channel flow.

CE 5890 Coastal Engineering (3)
Prerequisite: CE 3870 (Hydraulics).
Fundamentals of water waves and their effects.  Diffraction, reflection, and refraction; impulsively generated waves; effect of waves on coastal structures. 

CE 5960 Comprehensive Examination (0)
CE 4960 (Civil Engineering Design Project I) and CE 4970 (Civil Engineering Design Project II (or ABET accredited undergraduate degree in civil engineering). Permission needed by department.
Students who select the comprehensive examination (CE 5960) should expect to take it the quarter they complete all course work on their program, and must comply with college and department requirements.

CE 5970 Graduate Research (1-3)
Prerequisites: Instructor consent to act as sponsor and departmental approval of project prior to registration.
Independent research under guidance of the faculty. May be repeated for credit to maximum of 5 units. Graded CR/ NC.

CE 5980 Graduate Directed Study (1-3)
Prerequisites: Instructor consent to act as sponsor and departmental approval.
Independent, directed study of advanced topics in the field, regular conferences with the sponsor. May be repeated for credit.

CE 5990 Thesis (1-3)
Prerequisites: Advancement to candidacy, instructor consent to act as a sponsor and college approval of the topic prior to registration.
Independent research resulting in a thesis. Must be repeated to maximum of 3 units. Graded CR/NC.