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Approved Geotechnical Engineering Masters Degree Courses


In developing your plan of study, you need to consider which courses will enable you to reach your goals as a geotechnical engineer. You may wish to choose courses that assist you in the completion of your thesis or final research paper. The following lists were developed to highlight the variety of courses available ( Course Schedule in Geotechnical Engineering). Note that not all courses may be offered at all times and that course offerings do not guarantee availability of a spot in that class. It is up to you to review published schedules and consult with your advisor to find out when the courses are offered and how they will fit into your course of study schedule. In addition, it is up to you to assure that you have met the prerequisites for the courses prior to enrollment.

You are required to complete ten courses, 30-31 hours, of advanced study. At least 15 hours of total credits must be at the 500 level. At least five courses must be chosen from the following list. All courses are three semester credit hours unless otherwise noted.

  • CE 455 Foundation Engineering
  • CE 4xx Soil Mechanics in Engineering Practice
  • CE 548 Finite Elements
  • CE 545 Structural Dynamics
  • CE 5xx Excavation and Tunneling
  • CE 5xx Retaining Structures and Supporting Systems
  • CE 596 Sustainable Engineering
  • Appropriate 3 credit hours substitute to be approved by the advisor

Upon advance approval of the committee, CE 591 or CE 599 may be taken in place of up to two of the above courses. You will need to complete a course study proposal prior to enrolling in either of these classes. In addition, up to three special course offerings, generally listed as CE 492 or CE 592, may be taken with the advance approval of the committee. ENG 491 is required for all students unless conditional exemption is granted; see the Writing Proficiency Requirement for further details. ENG 491, if taken, can be counted as part of the 30-31 hours of advanced study. CE 593 is required for the non-thesis option.

Up to three courses, including ENG 491, may be chosen from the following approved courses. Any course not on this list must be approved by your graduate committee prior to enrollment. Without prior approval, the course will not be accepted for the M. S. in civil engineering degree. To obtain approval, write a memo to your advisor justifying the inclusion of the course in your plan of study. Include a description of the course, and, if required by your committee, a syllabus.

  • CE 435 Pavement Design
  • CE 460 Municipal Infrastructure Design
  • CE 575 Advanced Geometric Design
  • CE 541 Bridge Engineering
  • CE 549 Earthquake Engineering
  • CS 402 C++ Programming
  • CS 404 Scientific Computation
  • ENG 491 Technical and business writing for engineers
  • GEO 418 Geographic Information Systems
  • GEOG 523 Environmental Assessment and Evaluation Methods
  • IME 463\STAT 484 Reliability Engineering
  • MATH 462 Engineering Numerical Analysis
  • MATH 501 Differential Equations and Fourier Analysis
  • ME 470 Stress Analysis and Design
  • ME 544 Theory of Elasticity
  • PAPA 420 Quantitative Analysis
  • PAPA 530 Public Budgeting STAT 410 Statistical Analysis
  • PROD 519 Operations Management
  • STAT 480 a, b Mathematical Statistics
  • STAT 484\IME 463 Reliability Engineering

Courses taken that do not count for your M.S. in Civil Engineering degree will require, prior to enrollment, the signature of the department in which the course is taught.

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